Sunday, 1 December 2013

"Christmas Stories" by Michael Morpurgo #Review

Michael Morpurgo has created a collection of four very special Christmas Stories, and has added to this by incorporating the most amazing illustrations by Quentin Blake, Michael Foreman, Emma Chichester-Clark and Sophie Allsopp.
And so as much as the stories delight, the pictures draw my children in, and have them sat patiently listening whilst their imaginations bring the words and the pictures together.

And, as we enter Advent, so this book helps the children understand Christmas and, for me, will hopefully control the excitement as their daily thoughts turn to Father Christmas and when the presents will appear under the tree.

I can't believe, already, how different Christmas is this year. The boys at two have a far greater understanding- and excitement- than Squeaks. No doubt through her knowledge and excitement, even so last Christmas- at three- Squeaks had to be woken up and reminded it was Christmas Day.
I sense this year will be slightly different.

And so, these stories put things into context for them.
Each so very different, drawing on different perspectives of what Christmas means.
Beyond snow, Santa Claus, chimneys and presents.

Of course, it goes without saying I loved "On Angel Wings" most, maybe, probably because it is illustrated by Quentin Blake, but more so because it takes the children back to the Christmas Story, to remembering the Nativity and why we celebrate Christmas.

In terms of Christmas books, this is one I know will grow with my children. At the moment part of the enjoyment is to all sit down and read a story together, and these stories are too long for one sitting. And I know as the years progress they will hold attention, and they will grow to understand the meaning.

So for now, it is my appreciation and their enjoyment.
And it makes everyone happy.
Disclosure: We received a copy of "Christmas Stories" for the purposes of this review. All views and opinions contained are our own.

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