What I read in December 2019 (Part 3)

I finished reading two more books in December. The first one was a Christmas present and the second a library book.

Mrs Noah’s Pockets by Jackie Morris and illustrated by James Mayhew

Mrs Noah’s Pockets is a beautiful picture book. Although it appears under the genre ‘Religious books’ on some websites, the story is so loosely connected to the biblical account (Genesis 6-8) that I’d move it to fantasy! It would be a good book to use in discussion with older children as well as reading aloud with younger children. On Christmas Day three adults read my copy and discussed it; their reactions reminded me of two of the characters in The Library of Lost and Found (previous post.)

Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy

This is a long, light read. Although I had brought it home from the library, I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend the time required to read over 700 pages by an author, many of whose books I had already read. However it was just right for the period between Christmas and New Year. The main characters grow from childhood into adulthood during the story, which is set in Ireland in the mid 20th century. The Irish culture of the time influences the story, which I become engrossed in.

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