Tuesday, December 18, 2018

CHRISTMAS PICTURE BOOKS: Pip and Posy: The Christmas Tree/Where's Santa Claus?/Christmas ABC/The Christmas Eve Tree


ABOUT THE BOOK

It's Christmastime, and Pip and Posy are busy decorating the tree with gingerbread and a beautiful sugar star. But the decorations keep mysteriously disappearing from the tree until there are none left at all. . . . Oh, dear! What will happen when Posy finds Pip lying on the sofa, feeling sick? Is it possible Pip might know what's happened to all of the ornaments? A charming and funny new Pip and Posy story about honesty, with gentle lessons about friendship.

REVIEW

Pip and Posy decorate their Christmas Tree with yummy-looking sweets.  When Posy leaves the room to run various errands, the edible decorations start to disappear.  The illustrations make it clear where the ornaments have gone, and young listeners will be delighted to point it outEventually the tree is bare and Pip has a stomach ache.  Pip confesses his mistake to Posy and they work together to come up with a solution.  A cute story about friendship and Christmas that works well for toddlers, teaching a gentle lesson while showcasing the fun of Christmas. 


ABOUT THE BOOK

This fun first alphabet book introduces simple seasonal words to get toddlers excited about Christmas. Bright illustrations feature lots of happy faces and familiar festive details to spot and talk about, providing hours of shared first-word fun!

REVIEW

Angel, bell, candy canes, drummer boy, elf, and more Christmas-related words highlight this ABC book that is a great introduction to the holiday for babies and toddlers.  Each word is accompanied by a simple picture representing the word making for a simple, but colorful and attractive design.  A cute book for those who want a themed-ABC book for their collections. 


ABOUT THE BOOK

Five beautifully illustrated spreads show a series of friendly Christmas-related creatures hiding behind bright felt flaps. With gold foil on the cover and a mirror on the final page, this is a perfect book to share with very little ones.


REVIEW

Each of the two-page spreads in this book asks the reader where to find a certain Christmas-related creature.  Each item is hidden behind a piece of felt which requires the young listener to lift the flap out of the way to see the creature fully.   Each picture offers the young listener a clue as to what is hidden. There is a polar bear, a snowman, an elf, Santa Claus, and finally a mirror to reflect back the image of the young listener. A fun book for young children who enjoy interactive books.


ABOUT THE BOOK
 

When the ugly little fir tree is taken to the city, no one wants to buy him; they prefer the big tall trees. But a homeless boy asks the shopkeeper if he can take the tree, and down by the river in a cardboard box, decorated with a few candles, the tree finds itself at the centre of a magical Christmas Eve it will never forget. A Christmas tale with a classic feel but a modern theme at its heart.

REVIEW

I wasn't sure I'd like this book when I first picked it up.  It looks and feels like a classic, older story.  But it's a tender story about a small little fir tree that nobody wants as a Christmas tree.  But when a young homeless boy takes the tree and with the help of others, finds a way to create a magical Christmas Eve, without fancy decorations or presents.  And the tree discovers that Christmas isn't about size or magnificence, but about heart.   

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