For younger children
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
By Dr Seuss
With Christmas just around the corner, Dr Seuss’s classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a timely reminder that behind all the shopping, worrying and stress lies Christmas itself, a day of celebration!
The Grinch hates Christmas in Who-ville – the singing, the feasting, the presents and decorations – and decides he is going to stop it from happening by stealing all the presents, food and Christmas trees from every Who house.
Yet despite this, on Christmas morning the Whos begin to sing merrily –
‘Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any presents at all!’
Somehow, even without the decorations and presents, Christmas has still come to Who-ville – so will the Grinch have a change of heart?
You may have seen a DVD of the film, based on Seuss’ story. As entertaining as that was, it is the original story, with its distinctive Seuss rhyme and illustrations, that really carries the theme.
Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books
For older children
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
By Saviour Pirotta
This gift book includes retellings of ten of the most loved Grimm’s fairy tales, including Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and Rose Red and Rapunzel among others.
You might be surprised by some of the stories, especially Little Mouse and the Lazy Cat when Little Mouse foolishly agrees to set up house with a cat of all things (that was never going to end well….) but others like The Naughty Princess and the Frog and Rumpelstiltskin are more familiar.
You can also enjoy the cool drawings like the dark and gloomy forest in Hansel and Gretel , the wicked witch in Rapunzel and the palace full of sleeping people in Sleeping Beauty.
This book is bound to become a real family favourite.
Published by Orchard Books
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