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PICTURE BOOK CAROUSEL: Christmas

The Christmas Show Rebecca Patterson (Macmillan Children’s Books) Patterson captures the chaotic nature of nursery and infant school nativity plays perfectly in this hilarious picture book. While young readers will rejoice in recognizing the familiar setting of the classroom and school activities, parents and other adults will enjoy this brilliantly observed tale on a different …

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A tradtional Christmas Tale: The Nutcracker

The story of a little girl’s favourite toy coming to life is one that has enchanted children at Christmas time for over one hundred years. Whether it is in book form or on the stage, this is most definitely a Christmassy story. Here are two new adaptations of the tale, one focuses on the ballet version, one …

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Ernest & Celestine

Gabrielle Vincent“Ernest et Célestine ont perdu Siméon”, translated by Sam Alexander(Catnip) When Ernest and Celestine go for a walk in the snow, Simeon, Celestine’s stuffed penguin accompanies them. But when he is left behind, Celestine is heartbroken and blames Ernest. He is desperate to make amends but there are no toy penguins anywhere in town, …

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PICTURE BOOK CAROUSEL: The True Meaning of Christmas

The two books I am reviewing today stood out amongst the huge offering of new Christmas books for their more unusual, and yet all the more important, Christmas message. The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse Helen Ward(Templar) Helen Ward’s retelling of the famous Aesop’s Fable is not strictly a Christmas story, but it is 1930s …

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