Goodness, it's been a while! I guess it's just that time of year. Anyway, I have a few holiday goodies to share with you over the next few days. I start with Petunia's Christmas by Roger Duvoisin, a favorite of mine. Published in 1952 by Alfred A. Knopf.
The story is SO sweet. Petunia is a goose (you may remember her from Petunia, the story where she finds a book on the farm and believes it will make her wise), who falls in love with a gander named Charles. Charles however, is set to be Christmas dinner until Petunia creates a master plan, by finding enough money to buy him from the farmer. She sells ornaments and Christmas wreaths and earns more than enough to be with her love. The farmer however, is kind at heart, and does not take Petunia's money. Charles is therefore allowed his freedom, so yay, happy ending! Oh, and the best part? They get married on Christmas day!
Besides the charming story, I find the bright, flat use of color simply wonderful.