Lara, along with her refugee parents, finds herself marooned in an isolated little hotel in snowbound Norway before World War II. Left all alone, she finds two eccentric old English guests who teach her to ski. And she discovers deep love and wisdom from the grandfatherly carpenter Andreas, who teaches her that Christmas really is a universal event, open to every heart and every faith.
A warm, luminous story about the real meaning of Christmas—from the author of The Beejum Book, whimsically illustrated by the artist Maggie Mailer.
(Ages 8 - 11 years)
Alice O. Howell (1922–2014) was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. By the age of eighteen, she had lived in or travelled to thirty-seven countries. She graduated from the Buser Institut in Switzerland before returning to the US. She studied Jungian depth psychology and astrology for thirty years and was the author of seven books, including two books for children, The Beejum Book and Lara's First Christmas. She died just shy of her 92nd birthday.
Maggie Mailer is an artist living and working in the Berkshires in Massachusetts. In 2002, she founded the Storefront Artist Project, a literal and metaphorical interface between artists and the public. The project engages artists to set up studio practice in commercial storefronts, which provides artists with a continuing presence in the public mind. Maggie Mailer's work can be seen at maggiemailer.com.