One of the iconic rides we went on was the It’s a Small World cruise. It was much longer than I remembered, and it was packed with images from cultures from all around the world. At this point, Max was not able to relate many of the imagery to certain countries, but it was fun for my husband and me to tell him which dolls represented which nations.
When we read The Global Christmas by Pam Renzi, I immediately thought of the Disney ride. Illustrator Ashleigh Green uses bright colors and iconic dress to symbolize many different cultures, just like Disney. The theme of the book is basically the title, that Christmas is a time of year when we need to pause any strife with other cultures and celebrate being together.
The rhyming of the text was sometimes hard to get through, but then, I’m very picky about reading books that rhyme, as readers of Snacks for Max know. Also, there are some mixed messages within the book, as gifts such as toys are featured prominently, whereas the book seems to set out to promote peace, love, and Jesus’ message rather than commercialism.
While some parts of the book could stand to be reworked, because we liked its message of a multi-cultured holiday focusing on peace, The Global Christmas deserves three snacks: