Saturday, October 24, 2015

31 Days of Book Detectives ~ Day 24: Christmas Farm

Book Detectives ~ Christmas Farm @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

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Last year I added Christmas Farm to our gigantic Christmas book collection, and it is now one of my favorites. I want to hop right into the dreamy world the illustrator has created, and the friendship between Wilma and her five-year-old neighbor, Parker, is absolutely lovely. Using the comparison in age between Parker and the trees is a brilliant way to illustrate the passage of time, and I love watching the tree farm grow through the various seasons.

This is a wonderful Book Detectives selection for younger kids during the holiday season, and evergreen seedlings would make a fantastic Christmas gift!

Crime Scene [Setting]


Wilma’s back hill

Charming countryside in northern USA (somewhere with four seasons and fireflies, whip-poor-wills, deer, bobolinks, and moose)

Real world—dreamy, cheerful, idealistic


Modern world

Five years, through each season

The childhood of Parker (adulthood of Wilma)

Suspects [Characters]


Wilma—adult woman, doesn’t seem to have a family but looks older with her hair and clothing, kind, loves to garden, entrepreneur, enjoys celebrating

Parker—five year old boy (to ten years old), hard worker, patient, enjoys being and working outside

31 Days of Book Detectives ~ Christmas Farm @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

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