Seven people with ties to New Brunswick tell about their favourite Christmas or “winter season” stories this month. I’ll highlight a title every other day from now until December 25.

Here’s singer & song writer Jessica Rhaye, who recently released her popular new album, Far Gone Lullabies.

What’s your favourite Christmas or “winter season” story, Jessica Rhaye?

My husband and I have been reading books to our two-and-a-half-year-old son since he was a newborn. He loves books and as a result has a fabulous vocabulary. Our favourite winter/Christmas book to read is Stick Man, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler (the same author and illustrator of another favourite book, The Gruffalo).

Stick Man lives in a tree with his stick Lady Love and three stick children. One day, while out for a morning jog, he gets picked up and carried away by a dog who thinks he is a fetch stick. From there, Stick Man goes on a journey where he finds himself in scenarios that take him farther away from his stick-family tree: He is used as a twig for a swan’s nest, as a mast for a flag on a sand castle, as a sword, a bat and a boomerang. At last he finds himself on a grate in a fireplace, ready to be a warm fire for Christmas morning. Finally, he is rescued and returned to his family by a familiar Christmas character.

Stick Man is a great little story with fun illustrations – a favourite book on our list this winter season.

Stick Man

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The New Brunswick Public Library Service stocks this title. Click the link to see if it’s available near you now. (You can also get most books shipped to your closest library, free of charge.)

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Written by Peter Cullen

Peter Cullen loves to teach children. He specializes in literacy (elementary level) and has a lot of fun creating games and activities for class lessons. He also writes, manages social media accounts and announces roller derby games.

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