Tuesday, 13 January 2015

A Treasury of Christmas Stories and Songs Review

At the end of December we were sent a copy of A Treasury of Christmas Stories and Songs to review by Parragon as part of their book buddies scheme.

My first impression was 'wow' as the book is hard back and contains six Christmas stories; The Night before Christmas, The Nutcracker, The First Christmas, The Snow Queen, The Twelve Days of Christmas and A Letter to Santa. Interspersed throughout the book are 12 classic rhymes and carols: Hark The Herald Angels Sing, O Christmas Tree, Away in a Manger, We Wish you a Merry Christmas, Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, The First Noel, Good King Wenceslas, We Three Kings, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful.

There is so much packed into this Treasury and I liked that The First Christmas was included as its so important to me that my children understand the real meaning of Christmas and where it all started from. The traditional carols that are throughout the book are simply put with just the first verse and chorus in most cases and bring your attention back to the importance of why we celebrate Christmas. My younger son has been less interested in this book as only two I think he will grow into it, however my four year old has been hooked. His all time favourite of the book is The Nutcracker and we both loved how the story had been brought to life with Clara and the Nutcracker. We laughed a lot as we sang The Twelve Days of Christmas together and the repetition really helped my son to pick up the words quickly. You can find out more about what we thought about The Night Before Christmas here when we reviewed it last December.

There is so very much packed into this treasury and we are still reading and enjoying it together as a family. I can see many hours ahead enjoying the magic of The Snow Queen and the love that Gerda has for Kay within the story. If you love Christmas and you want to share that magic with your children then this book would be perfect for you. The illustrations are wonderful throughout and add an additional element to this book that draws the reader in further. With every story and song the illustrations fit and capture perfectly. My son has been happy on several occasions whilst waiting for me to read to him to just sit and look at all the pictures.

This is a page from The Nutcracker
This would make a lovely gift and I would recommend if you are already thinking ahead to next year. If you want to buy a copy you can find it here on Amazon: A Treasury of Christmas Stories and Songs. At £12 I think its a good buy because you get so much inside it.

Don't tell anyone but despite Christmas seeming such a long time ago we are still enjoying the magic found within this book!

Disclaimer: We were sent a free copy of this book in order to provide an honest review. All of the opinions reflected in this post are my own.

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