A Clever Beatrice Christmas
Margaret Willey & Heather M. Solomon
Atheneum, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
lever Beatrice lives in the far North of Quebec, where Christmas is coming! Beatrice and her mother pull a sled to the village store, to stock up on ingredients to make a special cake (Bûche de Noël) for the holiday. Children who are skating call for Beatrice to join them - they have questions for her about Père Noël (Santa Claus).
ené questions '
how Père Noël can bring presents to so many children in one night
', and Antoinette asks if Beatrice has seen him. Answering, Beatrice mentions that she sometimes hears the bells ringing on Père Noël's sleigh. When Rollo asks how she can be sure it's not a villager's sleigh bells, Beatrice promises to bring '
a bell from Père Noël's very own sleigh
' on Christmas Day. How will she manage it?
ogether the children make the Bûche de Noël. The next day, Beatrice and her mother cut a fir tree. She sleds with her new friends, and answers more questions about Père Noël - leading to another promise (a button from his cape this time!) The children decorate the tree, arrange the Christmas crèche, and feast with the rest of the townsfolk on Christmas Eve. There are more questions - and Beatrice promises a curl from Santa's beard.
fter midnight mass, Beatrice stays awake to meet Père Noël - who she decides is '
the cleverest of all
'. And he certainly is in Margaret Willey's delightful story, rich in French Canadian Christmas tradition, and illustrated in lovely winter watercolors by Heather M. Solomon.
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