Cobweb Christmas: The Tradition of TinselBy
Written by Shirley Climo, Illustrated by Jane Manning
How did glittering, glistening tinsel become part of the Christmas tree?
Shirely Climo takes you deep into the Bavarian forest of Germany to meet a dear little old woman who many of the local children call Auntie or “Tante”. She lives in her tiny cottage with a bevy of animals, a small barn and – of course – a rooster to wake her up and a hen to lay an egg for her each day.
When Christmastime comes, Tante make special preparations. She picks a tree from her forest, decorates it, fills it with her own homemade goodies and invites the local children to share it with her. After the village children leave, it’s time to share Christmas with all the animals. Tanta loves Christmas but each year she waits patiently and hopes for some special Christmas miracle to grace her cottage. This book tells the story of the one year that this magic took place and how it warmed her heart and transformed her tree.
This book has lovely illustrations, adorable animals and a beautiful rhythm to it, making it a perfect story for reading aloud at the holidays as well as rekindling a sense of Christmas wonder and magic.