Christmas is partly the celebration of innocence, whether it’s maintaining the magic and mystery of Santa Claus or giving praise and thanks to Baby Jesus. The sights smells and sounds of Christmases from my childhood are still fresh in my mind. The stories and programmes of my generation were: The Little Drummer Boy, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and The Nutcracker, to mention a few. Now that I’m a mum along with putting up decorations, I usually borrow books from the local library on the theme of Christmas and play Christmas carols, to get my children into the Christmas spirit. A Treasury of Christmas Stories and Songs is an illustrated children’s storybook that is will to be a family favourite for years to come.
A Treasury of Christmas Stories and Songs is a charmingly illustrated hardcover storybook. The dust jacket illustration has magic and sparkle with a wintery wonderland backdrop that features Santa Claus, The Nutcracker and Clara and a group of Christmas Carollers. Inside the book, each tale, song and rhyme is set against exquisite drawings using a palette of deep warm rich colours (well except for the winter outdoor scenes). I’m amazed at how in sync the drawings are considering the illustrators are the work of a small international team. The stories and songs selected for the completion are ole favourites such as ‘The Snow Queen’, ‘The First Christmas’, ‘The First Noel’ and ‘Silent Night’. The each tale is retold in a way that’s not too lengthy for younger listeners. However, each is long enough to stand on its own as bed story. If my children are not asleep after their chosen story, then we usually sing a few of the carols from the book. In total there are 6 Christmas stories and 6 traditional tales plus a combination of 12 classic rhymes and carols.
Angelo’s best bits: He likes the songs especially ‘ Deck the Halls’ . He’s also quite fond of the story ‘The First Christmas’, most probably because he played Joseph in his nursery’s Christmas sing along but according to him loves the story because it’s about a cute baby .
My best bits: I love the layout of the book! The sequence is story followed by a few popular Christmas Carols and rhymes, then another story and so on. I like the feeling that you can make an occasion of using the book. You could easily have a family evening indoors with storytelling and Christmas carols. It would be a festive evening for all in the family to enjoy.
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Parragon Books
Product Dimensions: 27 x 22 x 2 cm
A Treasury of Christmas Stories and Songs will make an heart-warming book that will make an excellent Christmas gift. At price point £12 (but now online for £5) it’s worth. The book has a durable hardcover with striking illustrations on glossy paper and the stories and songs are timeless. It can be bought online from Amazon. Children as young as 3 years old will enjoy the stories and as their reading skills develop from around 7 years old they will be able to read the stories themselves. Slightly older creative children maybe inspired to produce their own dramatic piece to perform for family and friends, while using the song as musical interlude. A Treasury of Christmas Stories and Songs is a book that generations will love gather around at Christmas time. It’s a family experience.