Written for ages six and up, The Christmas Porringer is a great choice for a holiday read-aloud. The story could be used to introduce children to the way a poor child would have lived during the Middle Ages. In the story, Karen and her grandmother both do lacework to make an income. The story shows the importance of hard work, even for a child. There are many other moral concepts and ideas that could easily be applied to family discussions and extended into
Had I not been given The Christmas Porringer to review, I probably would have passed over this book without giving it any notice at all. The cover has a very simple and old-fashioned look that, honestly, would not have caught my eye. This book proves the folly of judging a book by its cover. It is a beautifully simple and heartwarming story, and I'm glad I didn't miss out on reading this book.
The thee's and thou's in the book were, at times, a bit awkward. Maybe that's because it's not everyday that I read books set in other time periods. I thought the plot made for an endearing holiday read that any family would enjoy. The price of $7.95 is fair. I am happy to recommend this book for your holiday reading list.
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The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, June 2009