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Animal Stories

Animal Stories

It occurs to us that no season compares to that of Advent and Christmas for its proliferation of animals and animal stories of all kinds. Most of us grew up knowing reindeer by name, and Christmas was likely the time when we learned to know and love our favorite stuffed creatures, velveteen or otherwise. The telling of the Nativity, repeated countless times, would not be complete without sheep, ox and ass, and camels; and just picking up one of the beloved crèche figures becomes an invitation to tell it over again.

The Book Shop has always offered crèches from all over the world, and each one is an invitation to consider the Christmas story anew, through the eyes of artists from Africa, Kazakhstan, Mexico, and more. And we have lots of other animals besides! There are fluffy Episcopal chorister bears, pottery cats and hippopotami from Haiti, tiny felt animal slippers. New treasures have come to us too from closer to home, made by local artist Sy Vang: tiny animals beautifully stitched, a penguin, a frog, - eight in all – to hold in your hand and start a new story, or to give to a child and let them tell one to you! She also has created intricate needlework Christmas tree ornaments, and if you (or someone on your gift list) are a lover of fine crafts, these may be The Very Thing. Come and see…

P.S. A Cathedral Book Shop Gift Certificate makes a great present, at Christmas or any time!