When you don’t know what to give, give a book. Here are five beautiful books to give as gifts this holiday season. Careful. You may want them for yourself.
5 Beautiful Books to Give as Gifts
The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen and illustrated by Sanna Annukka*
This slim volume by one of the kings of fairy tales is a tragic tale of dissatisfaction and the appreciation for life that many often find too late. This story was new to me, and while I think children may enjoy it, this is a fairy tale that speaks to adults. The green cloth-bound book is beautifully illustrated by Finnish artist Sanna Annukka, who is, also, a designer for Marimekko. You’ll want this stunning new edition sitting on your shelf, but it would, also, make a lovely gift for readers who don’t mind if their fairy tales are pessimistic instead of happily ever after.
Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders*
There is something magical about finding a word that can express exactly what you are thinking with only a handful of letters. Ella Frances Sanders’ Lost in Translation is just the sort of book every logophile needs. From boketto to ya’aburnee, Sanders’ whimsical illustrations bring to life over 50 untranslatable words from around the world.
Lovely: Ladies of Animation by Lorelay Bove, Brittany Lee, Claire Keane, Lisa Keene, Victoria Ying, Helen Chen
Animation isn’t just for the boys. This lovely book celebrates the work of six extremely successful female artists. These veterans of Disney share personal and previously published works that are sure to inspire any budding artist. The diversity of styles make this collection truly unique as each flip of the page takes you to a whole new world.
Lost & Found by Shaun Tan and John Marsden
Beautiful illustrations are just the start of this collection of three tales. Originally published in Australia, these dark yet hopeful stories take the reader on an emotional journey that needs to be shared.
Emma (Jane Austen: Marvel Adaptations) by Nancy Butler and illustrated by Janet Lee
Emma is one of my least favorite Jane Austen novels, so I was surprised when this graphic novel became one of my favorite adaptations. The charming story and whimsical illustrations are the perfect way to introduce Jane Austen to a new reader or to treat an already avid fan.
*These books were provided by Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.
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