The Book That Made Me: David Almond 20/03/19
Grace at Christmas
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
'As long as Grace could remember it had been just her, Ma and Nana for Christmas.' And Grace adores Christmas; the routine of their day with church, presents and the Christmas story re-enacted under the fairy lights.
So Grace is horrified when Ma announces this year friends will be staying: a stranger will sleep in Grace’s room. When they arrive Savannah is quiet, reserved – almost ungrateful. Then Grace discovers her crying: Savannah is missing her own Christmas rituals. Later, Savannah’s ballet dancer Aunt Rosalie arrives; she dances, also acts in their Christmas story, and Grace realises it’s even more fun with lots of people.
The meaning of Christmas is encompassed in this tenderly yet realistically illustrated contemporary family story about sharing and celebration.