Whew! It’s that time of year again!
In The World According to Humphrey, our curious, adventurous classroom hamster spent Christmas at Mrs. Brisbane’s house. He does it again this year, but not until he’s already had quite a spin on the Hanukkah dreidel and helped Room 26 get through a very rocky holiday program at Longfellow School! Singing snowflakes, jingle bell horses …. Do-It-Now-Daniel is not practicing the piano for the show. Eeek! But I feel the most sympathy for Helpful-Holly, who has gotten a little out-of-control with the need to make a multitude of handcrafted gifts and make the holidays super-special for everyone. I think we’re all in danger of falling into that trap. Luckily, Humphrey helps her and you know what? He’s helped me, too! If I don’t get to post before the end of the year: HAPPY-HAPPY-HAPPY-holidays to all of Humphrey’s friends — and mine!
By the way … in the U.S. the book is WINTER ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY. In the UK, it’s CHRISTMAS ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY. It’s the same book (though we dropped the tamales from the UK book- too bad because they’re so delicious!) In fact, for our recent 30th anniversary, my husband and I went to Santa Barbara and visited La Super Rica Tacos- haven’t been there for awhile, but it’s iconic …. Julia Child’s favorite restaurant!!! Thank you, Frank, for 30 adventurous years! And Happy Holidays to one and all!