“Old Cora pawed her dog bed. She had just eaten breakfast and was ready for a nap. She settled down with a sigh,” begins Old Dog Cora and the Christmas Tree by Consie Powell. Every year that she can remember, Cora the dog has helped haul in the Christmas tree for the family. But this year Mom says that Cora is too old to help with the heavy load. Can Cora prove that she can still do the job, or will old Cora be left out in the cold?
Recommended for readers ages 7 and older, Old Dog Cora and the Christmas Tree is a sweet story about perseverance set during Christmastime. Although she is told that she is too old to help, Cora the dog refuses to stick to the limits set for her. The book offers a great lesson to young readers about never giving up, even if you are told that you are too old — or too young. The story is set during the Christmas season, but Christmas is more of a background feature, making this book perfect to read throughout the year.
I particularly enjoy the illustrations in Old Dog Cora and the Christmas Tree, which look like woodcuts. The pictures are full of bold colors but are not overwhelmed with details. My toddler daughter liked pointing out the dogs on each page of the book.
Final Verdict: Old Dog Cora and the Christmas Tree written and illustrated by Consie Powell is a sweet story about perseverance. Although recommended for older readers in second grade and up, my toddler daughter enjoyed hearing the story read aloud. I particularly enjoy the illustrations, which remind me of woodcuts. I highly recommend Old Dog Cora and the Christmas Tree this holiday season and throughout the year.
Cover of Old Dog Cora and the Christmas Tree © 2014 Heather Johnson
Inside Pages of Old Dog Cora and the Christmas Tree © 2014 Heather Johnson