This week winter has well and truly hit here in the UK and signs of Christmas are springing up all over. It certainly set the mood for some wintery and Christmasy reading for me and my little one. I love kids Christmas picture books and stories and we have quite a collection at home, though we still couldn’t resist some from the fabulous displays set up in the local bookshop. The only issue was deciding which to buy! here are a couple we’ve enjoyed snuggling up with this week.
Foxes In The Snow by Jonathan Emmett, Rebecca Harry
When Mother Fox goes out to look for food she leaves her fox cubs, Alfie and Bonnie, with clear instructions to stay inside where it’s safe and snug. But the two young cubs can’t resist the exciting world above, and soon find themselves in the middle of their first ever snowfall. But Alfie and Bonnie are only little and the world outside feels very big, and very white. If they snow keeps on falling, how will they ever find their way home?
A cosy, reassuring story with a stunning sparkly jacket — perfect for Christmas and beyond! (From Amazon.co.uk)
This book is so cute! The two little foxes are adorable, Bonnie brave and curious and Alfie more cautious, they can’t resist the falling snow despite being told to stay where they are. Seriously though, who could? We don’t get that much here and it’s still magical to my daughter! When the two realise they have strayed a little too far and are lost there’s a gentle tense atmosphere which had my daughter hooked, but not for long because everything is righted quickly in a humorous way that made us both chuckle. The story telling is beautiful in this book, with just the right amount of atmosphere and a message that young children will understand. The ending is one that will leave you with a huge ‘awwwwww’ The illustrations are particularly gorgeous with lots of detail and plenty to look at. Recommended for ages 3-7 years
Lu says: This book is really good. I like it a lot. Bonnie is my favourite fox, she is cute and funny. I liked when the mother came home.
The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson, Alex Sheffler (illustrator)
The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should Ever set foot in the deep dark wood. But one wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist …does he? Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are on dazzling form in this captivating sequel to the classic picture book “The Gruffalo”. (from Goodreads.com)
This is Lu’s pick this week, we’ve read it at least three times a day and is definitely a big hit here! This story expands on Julia Donaldson’s much loved ‘The Gruffalo’ and has the same brilliant and clever rhyming text, fabulous characters and one very clever mouse. It never fails to raise a smile and is an absolute joy to read aloud. I think you do need to read The Gruffalo first to really appreciate this one, but in all honesty no child’s bookshelf should be without either anyway!
Lu says: I love the rhyming and like reading this myself. I like when the Gruffalo’s child goes off on it’s own and when the mouse tricks her.