The Secret Staircase (Brambly Hedge) by Jill Barklem
Primrose and Wilfred had decided to recite a poem for the Midwinter's celebration. The problem was that they needed someplace to practice. Primrose's mother, Lady Woodmouse, suggested they use the attic to practice. Exploring the attic turned out to be unexpected and just so much fun.
The book is rated for children ages 3-6, but should say ages 3-63. This is a beautifully written and illustrated children’s story, the Midwinter celebration has the atmosphere of a Christmas Yule log and decorations. This is easy to read as a bed time story and the rooms at the top of the staircase are wonderfully described. What a find, for the mice of the story and for the reader wanting a way to connect to their kids. I love the poem the mice kids recited, beautiful.
Aug 19, 2008