Last week as I was putting up the Christmas tree at work, and decorating it with tinsel and some of the gift card products we were required to display by the Christmas card stands, setting gift boxes around it and finally throwing foam chips over the tree to give it that beautiful snow effect, I was suddenly reminded of a beautiful children’s book that had recently arrived for me. I thought it perfect to share at this time as my “get ready for Christmas message,” like last year. I know, I know, gosh Christmas already you gasp! But working in a Post Office, Christmas comes early, especially down here. I think personally it has something to do with the position of our country on the globe. After all, pulling that big lump of a guy in his red suit, as he waves, boisterously calling “Ho, ho…” to all the kids, must surely be hard work for the reindeers, flying uphill towards other countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, America, England and so on….
Maybe it’s the fact we live so far away, downhill I mean. Or maybe it’s because we see the new day first before anyone else, whatever it is, we already have our posters up reminding our customers it’s time to get those gifts ready for the long journey to love ones, and friends in faraway places. As I stepped out and admired all the beautiful Christmas decorations now up in many of the stores around us, I to, started thinking about Christmas gifts, baking Christmas cakes and all the trimmings that go into this festive season. I am usually so very behind in sending off gifts and madly race around with last minute baking. This year I have to be on top of my game as the family gathering and celebrating is happening at our place. So here is a sweet book to add to your Christmas list…
“The Very Fairy Princess”… A Fairy Merry Christmas
Illustrated by: Christine Davenier
Published by: LB kids an imprint of Little Brown Books for early readers, Oct 2012
At 547 words a beginning readers ticket to Passport to Read.
Once again we meet the enchanting Gerry whose sparkle is engaging and delightful.
It’s Christmas time and Gerry sets about in her workshop making homemade gifts for the family. How did she know just what to make and just what did she use? I am not telling… you will have to buy the book to find that out. One thing is for sure, along with the tinsel, Gerry’s active imagination and sparkle promise to delight and bring joy on Christmas Day.
One thing I was aware as I read this charming book is that I am sure it is based on what is happening inside these author’s homes in the lead up to Christmas Day, and the message that homemade gifts are priceless treasures of love from the heart. Be it a poem, a picture, a fable, tied in a bow, hanging from the tree, given with love, a keepsake!
Don’t forget to add this one to your list for a special niece, daughter or granddaughter, the little girl next door or a gift collection box, to share a little sparkle.
While I am making suggestions, another special treat you could add to your Christmas shopping list is Julie and Emma’s “Treasury for all Seasons” Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year. You can see my review here.
Happy Christmas shopping…..