If you are looking for some thing seasonal to read the children for their bedtime stories, this lovely collection of festive stories is just the thing.
The book combines classic stories with modern Christmas tales and some new stories written especially for this collection. There are fifteen stories included in this compilation.
‘The Fairy Ship’ by Alison Uttley tells the delightful story of a sailor’s son who longs to see his father on Christmas day, and dreams that fairies give him a magical ship, while Jay Williams tale ‘The Christmas Thief’ is the story of Tyl Uilenspiegal, holland’s best thief who steals Christmas for his fellow townspeople from under the noses of the invading Spaniards.
More modern tales include ‘Holly and Ivy and Bah Humbug’ by Karen McCombie and a particular favourite ‘Room at the Inn’ by Helena Pielichaty, where a little boy, cast as the innkeeper in his school nativity play works hard to try and expand his role from just one line. There are some real laugh-out-loud moments in this story.
Stories first published in this collection include ‘The Christmas Turkey’ by Meg Harper in which a farmer’s son wants a slightly unusual pet, and ‘Houston Calling’ by Chris d’Lacey which explains just how Father Christmas’ gift to a little Russian boy inspires him to make his dreams come true.
Every story has its own special take on the Christmas spirit, whether it is a modern tale of bankruptcy or the classic story of ‘Babushka’, each story will delight children of all ages.
About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.