Title: Wenceslas, The Eternal Christmas Story
Author: Geraldine McCaughrean
Illustrator: Christian Birmingham
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Themes: Christmas, storytelling, hospitality, kindness
King Wenceslas of Bohemia takes young Peter, a page at the royal palace on a journey through the snow to meet with people from the village around them and deliver a family, a household food and drink. Through the snow they trudge, Peter stepping in the footsteps of the King through the snow & cold, having to draw from the strength of his master the king. Fearful of the animals around them until they reach the end of their destination and celebrate the spirit of Christmas together.
Geraldine is a beautiful storyteller and the oil pastels of Christian Birmingham brings the snow and surroundings to life and gives them a beautiful glow.
This is an imagined tale, told alongside the imagined song that was written in homage to the Saint who was once the king of Bohemia.