A touching Christmas story with glowing illustrations, Ornaments of Love is a story to cherish for years to come. A beautiful tale of Ayana, an endearing ten-year-old who excitedly anticipates that special time of year when the entire family joins together to decorate and admire the Christmas tree.
But sadly this year is different. Ayana realizes that her mom and dad are far too busy with everything else to enjoy the tree with Ayana. Then, something unexpected happens and the family is brought together with tenderness and joy.
Filled to the brim and overflowing with charming moments, gentle humor, and timeless illustrations, this beautiful story is a wonderful reminder of what’s important not only during the Christmas season, but every day of our lives. Ornaments of Love is destined to become one of your favorite holiday stories. One that will remain in your heart forever.
|File size:||2 MB|
|Age Range:||5 - 11 Years|
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Author Sharlin Craig’s charming book, "Ornaments of Love," tells the story of an all-too familiar situation nowadays. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle involved in the Christmas season that we may forget one of the most important aspects of this time of year: spending quality time with our loved ones. In "Ornaments of Love," Ayana finds herself and her family in this same situation. Ayana’s parents get so preoccupied with holiday-hubbub that Ayana is left longing for her Christmas traditions. Craig’s story-telling shares this relatable situation in an honest and heartwarming way while Helen Monwuba brings the book to life through her delightful illustrations. I found Sharlin Craig’s "Ornaments of Love" especially moving for two reasons. First, is that my kids loved hearing Ayana’s story, looking at all of the ornaments, and they really liked Rosie! Second, is that, with two young kids of my own, Craig gives a priceless reminder that the traditions we create with our kids may be deeply valued and, even if it takes a not-so-pleasant event, it’s important to spend time together and honor these traditions.
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite It’s both amazing and rather sad how easily a family can get wrapped up in each of their own little worlds. Christmas is the worst. Everyone wants everything to be perfect: the tree, the decorations, the baked goodies, the parties, the presents. It is too easy to forget the simple pleasures of just doing something together, like decorating the Christmas tree. Ayana loved the family ritual of decorating the Christmas tree. Each ornament held a treasured memory and, as the family hung these ornaments, they shared with each other the memories encased in the ornaments. This year was different, though. Ayana was now ten and her parents were very busy: Dad with work and Mom preparing things for parties and baking Christmas goodies. Ayana was asked to decorate the tree on her own. Although sad, Ayana brightens as she thinks of the memories each ornament represents. As things get busier, the simple pleasure of sitting as a family and admiring the tree keeps being pushed aside, until one night the family dog knocks the tree over and so many of the ornaments are broken. The family finally comes together in the act of resurrecting the tree and repairing the ornaments that were repairable. As they do, they relive the memories of each ornament. Sharlin Craig’s picture book story, Ornaments of Love, is a treasure in itself. A beautiful story about family love and sharing time together, Ornaments of Love reminds us all of the true meaning of family and the beauty of being together, of sharing together, during the festive season and always. This is a classic to be enjoyed by young and old alike, as we all need to relearn the values of family love.