Wishlist for Christmas

The magical Christmas adventure the Nutcracker is a popular ballet with music written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. In The Nutcracker: Press the Note to Hear Tchaikovsky’s Music (The Story Orchestra)  you can listen to ‘The Dance of the Reed Flutes’, ‘The Waltz of Flowers’ and ‘The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’, while you read about Clara and the Nutcracker battle with the Mouse King, meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and journey to the Land of Sweets, where wonder and excitement await.

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One Christmas Wish by Katherine Rundell and illustrated by Emily Sutton is the perfect book to get you into that special Christmassy mood. Christmas is the season of goodwill and dreams-come-true.

Theo is being babysat whilst his parents work hard into the Christmas Eve night. He is determined to bring a bit of the Christmas spirit into his cold and rather empty home, so Theo begins  putting up Christmas decorations. Old and rather battered Christmas decorations but he still put them up.

He looks out into the night sky and sees a shooting star, so Theo makes a wish. Havoc and happiness. The decorations come into to life and also much kindness and singing. But will the magic last till Christmas morning?

A warm funny and happy ending makes this is a perfect Christmas story. A charming book with soft and detailed ink and watercolour illustrations.

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A Dot in the Snow by Corrinne Averiss   and illustrated by Fiona Woodcock is a warm story about friendship and courage. A curious polar bear meets a little girl who is lost in the snow.

The little polar bear, Miki, wanders away and he sees a dot in the snow. The dot is a little girl. Miki has never seen a little girls and the little girl has never seen a polar bear.

They find out more about each other as they play in the snow and they share one important thing – they have both lost their mothers.

A moving story set in a beautiful but challenging cold polar landscape. A wonderful book to read while sipping on a hot cup of cocoa.

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You may also like Wishlist for Christmas and Snow Stories.

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