Friday, 23 December 2011

It's Chritsmas ...

What is it that springs to mind at Christmas – well yes there is the obvious, tree, food, presents, family time and so on. But then come the thoughts of nativity, animals, activities, snow, classic stories and this is where the collection of books to follow fit in.

Starting with the classic nativity story in a novel format I have the pleasure of telling you about Rod Campbell’s Book and Nativity Set – My First Nativity, (Macmillan, 9780230756106). Packaged in a hardback, tied up with a ribbon and with a charming cut-out window featuring the stable scene this is a lovely book for the youngest reader, a great way of introducing them to the nativity story. There is a very simple story book and a set of nativity pieces to assemble (complete with instructions). Bright colours, bold pictures of cute animals and a sturdy scene, this is the perfect set for young children.

If it is the story of a time before the baby Jesus was born that is of interest then The Animals’ Christmas by Elena Pasquali and illustrated by Giuliano Feri (Lion, 9780745962498) may be of interest. This is a retelling of the Bible prophecy that there would come a time when the lion and the lamb would lie together in peace. It has been woven with the nativity and combined with charming illustration for a simple story for younger readers with an important message.

The Shepherd Girl of Bethlehem by Carey Morning and illustrated by Alan Marks (Lion, 9780745962320) invites its reader into the stable in Bethlehem to share with the daughter of one of the shepherds her version of the nativity.

My Carry-Along Christmas with crafts by Jocelyn Miller (Lion

Children’s, 9780745962597) is a book that, thanks to its carry handle, can be taken wherever its owner wants to go over Christmas which is perfect if they are craft loving children. It has puzzles, stickers and crafts to enjoy. Try making a fan, a card or even a garland this Christmas. This is a book certain to keep little ones, and probably a few adults too, nicely busy.

Last but certainly not least there is Muddle Mountain by Ag Jastkowska (Campbell Books, 9780230753938). This magnetic play book with 16 magnetic characters allows the reader to join in the fun of the story taking the skiers and skaters out of their mountain chalet and moving them around the magical scene, creating their own story or following the simple text in the book. A lovely interactive, entertaining and fun book for Christmas enjoyment. Lets hope for some snow of our own now!

Have a Happy Christmas with whichever books you choose …