A simple story is crafted as a framework for Dutch artist Anton Pieck's album of village scenes of Northern Holland. Pieck's visions are unabashedly sentimental, lavishly detailed, and peopled with characters that catch a child's curiosity.
This is an ideal book for family reading with children since each page is an exotic tableau of Victorian life: horse-drawn wagons, trips to the marketplace for holiday foods, and families skating on the frozen Zuider Zee. Adding to the celebration is original music with words.
More than mere nostalgia, the book is a visual song of praise for the small delights and personal activities that light up a holiday city.