During a storm a dove looking for somewhere to lay her eggs asks for and gets shelter from a small Christmas tree on a Christmas tree farm. The tree happily shelters her and her children but in doing so his trunk grows crooked and no one wants to use him in their houses. All of his friends are cut down and taken away and he spends a very lonely winter all on his own. The dove brings her family back to visit an then eventually the tree is dug up and replanted in a garden with many other trees around him. The trees are not friendly to him and look down on him but when winter comes he is the only tree that is still green and the people that live in the house decorate him with ligts and baubles. On Christmas Eve people gather round to sing around his trunk and the dove comes back and alights on the top of him. His kindess means he will be able to live for many years in the garden without being chopped down.
The paper creations that form the illustrations for this book are beautiful and very well crafted and the story is heartwarming and novel.
Young puppy Oliver isn't very happy to be left alone in the house on Christmas Eve whilst his family visit gran in hospital. The house is too dark and quiet without them, but the the pup heears a noise - thump thump thump - and bravely decides to explore and find out where the noise is coming from. Upstairs he finds presents on the bed and bravely attacks them and then he 'sees off' the snowman he can see out of the window. The noise doesn't stop so he investigates in the kitchen but all he finds is a large cold thing (turkey) on the table that he pulls down on to the floor before it can jump on him! In the lounge he has a fight with the Christmas tree but when he finally arrives in the dining room he finds......Santa who gives him a juicy bone, just before his family arrive home.
A gentle story, children would identify with the puppy's fears and the way he mistakes everyday objects as monsters. The illustrations use muted colours that portray the evening light very well and Oliver is just adorabel, dog lovers would just melt at the pictures of him.
The gorgeous, jewel coloured full page illustrations bring this child's festive story to vibrant life. It is a tale about the origins of Santa Claus with a lovely message about each person having a special talent that is not always immediately obvious thrown in. In a far away land on top of the world King Kringle rules over the elves and allows no laughter, play or celebration of Christmas. The only person who can release them from this tyranny is the king's brother, Kris, who is the complete opposite of his sibling and is gentle and kind.
The text is a bit longer than we usually expect ina picture book but its still short enough to be read as a bedtime story. The pictures are definitely what makes this tale special and they certainly help to keep your interest. . The illustrations have a painterly quality and are so detailed that it's almost impossible to take it all in on your first reading. There's so much to see on each page that the inevitable rereadings would be a delight instead of the usual chore, the book is just beautiful. .
What a beautiful picture book this is - full of delightful festive illustrations. There aren't many words but they manage to convey the story very well, taking us with one small boy on a Christmas trip with his teddy bear. During their fantastic journey they ride a polar bear and meet fairies, an ice queen, fairies, elves, a giant reindeer, a very large snowman and Father Christmas.
The twist at the end, when we realise he hasn't actually left home but is simply absorbed in his favourite book, is just lovely. Perfect for the very young or the young at heart, I'm very happy to have discovered it.
This wonderful anthology features top names in YA and is an enjoyable, if sometimes uncomfortable, read. The book will help raise money for Crisis at Christmas and the stories are all on the theme of 'home' . The very word conjures up feelings of cosines and comfort but not everyone's home is like this of course and the stories give very different viewpoints. I feel very grateful to have been able to read this snuggled up under a blanket whilst cooking a family roast dinner and it hurts my heart to think that there are young people living in circumstances similar to those described by the fantastic authors featured. Choosing a favourite tale is just impossible but look out for Juno Dawson's Homo for Christmas and Holly Bourne's The After School Club that has a heartbreaking sting in the tale. Every story is a gem and this book deserves a place on every reader's wish list.
A young adult title today as a change from picture books. This is the first time I have met Dash and Lily but now I am determined to go back and read their story up to now. Lily usually loves Christmas but this year worries about her grandfather who has had a heart attack and a potential house move have dashed her festive spirits before they've had a chance to take hold. Her brother and boyfriend are determined to bring back her sparkle and the way they do this is touching, funny and full of love, despite the fact that they really don't get along. Some lovely festive scenes and descriptions of New York made me smile, I loved the ice skating scene. A few tears fell in the course of the story too but there is a warm happy ending to look forward to. A great, family orientated read , with mishaps, misunderstandings and touching moments along the way.
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