A few years ago, when my sister gifted me with, 'A Child's Christmas In Wales' by Dylan Thomas, I fell instantly in love with it. Although I had read the prose before, there was something about this version, with it's lovely woodcuts by Ellen Raskin and bound in a little, square, blue book that was particularly charming. My belly was big with baby too, and I found the words to be so comforting, good and true.
As the back of this little book says so perfectly, 'A Child's Christmas In Wales', "captures a child's-eye view, and an adult's fond remembrance, of a magical time of presents, good things to eat, aunts and uncles, the frozen sea, and, in the best of circumstances, newly-fallen snow-its wonder, silence and snowball mischief".
It really is such a wonderful book to read during this month of December, curled up on the couch, wool throw on the lap and a cup of hot chocolate kept warm by a blanket of marshmallows.
Dylan Thomas, with his infamous voice, recorded the story as well. I am eager to find a copy of the record and listen to it this winter...with hot coco in hand, of course!