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Friday, 26 December 2014

Boxing Day is Done

December 26 2014

With the snow starting to fall, the Christmas exciting had an extension. Hopefully the snow will still be around in the morning for a play out, I may let Linus come with.

As I've previously mentioned, we are a little familiar with the character of Humphrey and his family, as created by Sally Hunter. With Humphrey's Christmas they all return in a simple Christmas story. Being picky I'd say there could do with a bit more activity within the story. It is a picture book for babies up, so I'm not expecting much. The illustrations are delightful and the book itself really is quite impressive, lovely padded hardback book, an ideal stocking filler.

Having really enjoyed Quentin Blake's Angelica Sprocket's Pockets I had a look for some others.  Mister Magnolia was first published in 1980, so has quite a pedigree. It's a fun, simple rhyming story of Mister Magnolia, a man afflicted with a terrible condition of having only one boot. I wasn't overly taken with this on first reading, on flicking through it again, I can see a lot more within the pictures than the words. There is a page of teaching ideas for 5 to 11 year olds, I can see a few things in there that Linus would enjoy, so there's another 8 years to get out of this book!

Day Is Done is a picture book version of the Peter, Paul & Mary song, written by Peter Yarrow and illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Yarrow also wrote Puff, The Magic Dragon which was released as a picture book prior to Day is Done. Day is Done is illustrated throughout with pictures of parent and child of various species. It's the perfect bedtime book as the reassuring parent tucks their child into bed. "And if you take my hand my son, all will be well when the day is done". Video of the song (hopefully) below.

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