On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love read to me, this rural charmer!
Oh, how I love Patricia MacLachlan. Her prose is always so luminous and moving. How perfect that she apply her talents to a Christmas story. This slim little slice of Christmas perfection begins with a poignant section about White Cow, who stands alone in a big meadow, missing her friend, a donkey the colour of biscuits, and the little red fox who sometimes comes to visit. Somehow, in 8 sentences, MacLachlan has already moved me to tears.*
Lily and Liam spend Christmas at their grandparents’ farm, visiting the library that always smells like lilacs, eating delicious, wholesome meals, and visiting White Cow. This year, Liam is moved by how sad White Cow seems, and decides to place an ad in the local paper, seeking a friend for her. What follows is a beautiful story about a community pulling together. There is such generosity of spirit in this book. MacLachlan reminds the reader of how dogged children can be, particularly in matters of friendship and hope. At the end of the book, you will feel moved to do something for someone else, and isn’t that what Christmas is all about?
* I will have cried three more times before this 81 page story has finished.