Christmas books published: December 2011
New releases this month have a very festive feel. Baby's First Christmas Lullabies is beautifully illustrated, and comes complete with a cd full of festive tunes, while Mouse's Christmas Wish is a lovely heart warming story, perfect for this time of year.
By Fiona Watt and Elena Temporin
This beautifully colourful board book makes a gorgeous Christmas gift. The sturdy pages each includes the words of traditional carols and songs including Away in a Manger, I Saw Three Ships, In the Bleak Midwinter and How Far is it to Bethlehem?
The CD also includes a medley of other seasonal, classical tunes such as O Little One Sweet (JS Bach) and Vivaldi’s Winter.
Each page is simply but distinctively illustrated and, with the accompanying CD, this is a perfect gift for very young children – and one that parents will also enjoy.
By Nicholas Allan
Published by Hutchinson
It’s good to see this funny and seasonal counting book made available in a smaller format that is perfect for toddlers and younger children.
It is also a subject that young (and older) children can identify with – Father Christmas needs a wee as he’s been ‘drinking drinks since half past three’ when his annual delivery round began. The humour is fuelled by images of an increasingly frantic, cross-legged Santa.
Each house offers a number of drinks (‘At number 3, three cups of tea. At number 4, he’d had four more!’) and so on until he reaches number 10 – and realises that in his rush, he’s forgotten to leave the presents behind!
The illustrations are simple but fun and children will enjoy following the counting game – and wondering just when and how Father Christmas will find the loo!
3 - 5 years
By Judi Abbot
This story has a special message about the importance of friendship and sharing, perfectly wrapped up in a sparkly, seasonal cover. If you are looking for a stocking-filler with a warm Christmas message, this will tick all the boxes.
Rabbit decides to invite all her friends – Duck, Bear, Dog, Mole and Mouse – to stay with her for Christmas. Mouse goes into a frenzy of activity to get ready to go, while the other animals set off at a leisurely pace on their journeys to Rabbit’s house.
After a number of mishaps, Mouse decides it is safer to stay at home in bed – but Rabbit’s guests soon arrive to change his mind and there is a funny twist in the final pages, too.
The snowy scenes, frosty forests and a glimpse of Santa at the end all help deliver the message that Christmas is just around the corner – and the best way to spend it is with those you love.
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