Come away with me to storyland — bee entertained and delighted with “The Gift of a Good Book.” Newsbee has some honeys to suggest for December. He’s chosen the best of the best for this special time of year, when enchantment reigns and happiness knows no bounds. Step into tales that are sure to entice. Page On!

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No stranger to Book Buzz, author/illustrator Matt Tavares illuminates with “Red and Lulu,” the tale of a “happy pair of cardinals” who live in a “mighty evergreen” in a quiet Norman Rockwell-like village.

Realistic illustrations detail the birds in four seasons, as they nest-build in the spring, perch in summer’s heat, dot the sky above golden leaves and swoop among dancing snowflakes, on a spread reminiscent of an old-fashioned Christmas card. Ever present, the evergreen stands center stage.

The birds’ existence changes abruptly one chilly day when their tree is trucked off to New York City, where it will proudly stand in Times Square. During the tree’s relocation, Red and Lulu are separated. Frantically Red searches, journeying to the city, where crowds bustle in the rush of the season.

A happy ending draws this lovely story to a close, a wonder-filled read sure to be remembered for its stand-out artwork and sweet story.

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Her list of books is long — her accolades many — “Big Machines, The Story of Virginia Lee Burton” celebrates a children’s author who wrote and illustrated timeless books. Thanks to Burton we have classics like “Calico the Wonder Horse,” “Little House” and “Katy and the Big Snow,” among others.

The esteemed Burton was fondly known as Jinnee in Folly Cove, the seaside town where she resided with her two sons. She had a reputation of being “quite magical” in her gardening abilities, and in her connections to sheep, chickens and even a “little pip mouse.”

Jinnee charmed others with her drawing and painting, and shone in her depiction of animals, people and machines, her talent flowing out of her “magic wands” and onto paper, from the cartoons found in “Calico Horse” to art with a homespun feel in “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel.” Her work paved the way for artists who followed her.

Jinnee’s greatest delight was writing books her little boys would enjoy — about machines that chugged and puffed. Burton’s best-loved characters are depicted in this stunning nonfiction read by Sherri Duskey Rinker with vintage illustrations by John Rocco.

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Adventures abound for the wonderling — the unlikely hero of “The Wonderling: Songcatcher,” by Mira Bartók. This fantasy series is long on creativity, featuring a vulnerable creature that “looked like a young fox but stood upright like a child.”

The wonderling is an orphan among other “groundlings” enslaved by sinister Miss Carbunkle at her Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures. To Carbunkle and her henchman, the wonderling is simply “Number Thirteen.”

For those incarcerated at Carbunkle’s, every day is drudgery, cruel treatment, and meager rations that leave the inhabitants hopeless. Carbunkle detests music and stresses the “Golden Rule of Silence.” Her pet is a churlish cane that possesses ancient, evil magic.

The wonderling longs to discover the whereabouts of his parents. When a friendship develops between him and a brave bird, a plan to escape materializes, and they act, putting their lives in danger.

Soon after, they part ways, the wonderling off to find his parents and his friend heading in the opposite direction to be reunited with his. But the wandering wonderling, too trusting, finds himself in trouble again as he’s forced to meet danger head-on.

There’s much to relish about “The Wonderling,” a rousing, Dickensian tale peppered with steampunk. Spot illustrations by Bartók add to the book’s appeal.