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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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Katie in London: Jubilee Edition

James Mayhew (Orchard Books) Katie is visiting London with her grandma and little brother Jack. Everything feels very big and a little scary for Katie, and Grandma needs a little break from walking, they are all glad for the rest in Trafalgar Square. Like most children, Katie and Jack go straight to the majestic bronze lions and  climb …

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FABULOUS FIVE: James Mayhew presents five picture books from the 1950s

I am delighted to welcome James Mayhew to Library Mice for the inaugural post for my new feature Fabulous Five, which will focus solely on picture books and illustration. James created his first Katie book Katie’s Picture Show over twenty years ago as a way to share his enthusiasm for art with children. His series of …