Zola and the Christmas Lights by Melina Marchetta and Illustrated by Deb Hudson (Hardback) – Our Review
Zola and the Christmas Lights is the perfect celebratory Christmas book for modern Australian children today. The star of the story is Zola and her cousin Alessandro who want to decorate their house their Nonno Nino’s Christmas lights and put some joy back into their busy city street. As the kids gather to decorate the tree and hang out, they look at the heavens with their telescope on the trampoline and talk on the Dreaming and First Nations people of Australia as the first astronomers. Later Zola, Nonna and Mummy deliver platters of food to St Odo’s Hall for people in the community who are doing it less fortunate over Christmas time, but unknown to them while they have been away the cellar door has been left open and Gigi and Monty, the rascally pups have caused havoc with the Christmas stash!
While this beautifully presented book celebrates the diversity of Christmas and families, it also celebrates cultural diversity and deftly weaves in Diwali, Ramadan, Hanukkah, the Lunar New Year and the Dreaming into the text. Ultimately though it’s all about community and family, ending in a glorious double page spread that says simply Christmas is ‘light and hope…and being together’. A beautiful keepsake book to share time and time again.
Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books
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