This beautiful tale is a clever and whimsical take on the Christmas Story, Applesauce and the Christmas Miracle.
One orange evening
tiger-striped with blackened trees
a pig sat, reminiscing.
Against a rural Australian setting of drought and bushfire, a little pig called Applesauce learns that Christmas comes from the heart.
Glenda Millard when she was young, Glenda used to jump off the roof of her Nana's shed and try to fly. Two of her favourite activities now are hot air ballooning and bike riding. Both of them make her feel a little bit like she's flying. She enjoys sucking the chocolate off Clinkers lollies and trying to guess what colour the middles are. Her favourite ones are pink. Some Sunday morning, she reads 'The Wind in the Willows' out loud, to her husband and her dog, in bed. She thinks they love it. She and her husband cook sourdough bread and pizza in a wood-fired oven in the back yard. When she plays her beautiful red piano accordion, her dog goes to sleep inside its case.
Stephen Michael King loves being barefoot. The main drive behind his becoming a book illustrator was not fame, fortune or artistic integrity. It was simply the most perfect barefoot job he could find.
Applesauce and the Christmas Miracle
Author: Glenda Millard
Illustrator: Stephen Michael King