‘Busy Santa Book’ and ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’

For younger children

Pull-back Busy Santa Book

By Fiona Watt

PullBackBusySantaSanta is heading off on his Christmas rounds – and he needs your help to get all the presents delivered on time!  This is a special book that comes with a small Santa’s sleigh toy and four embedded tracks.

Pull back Santa’s sleigh and watch him speed off across the ice, around the elves’ houses, past the stable and off into the frosty sky….

There are three more Christmassy tracks for Santa to whizz around, through a busy city, over a mountain pass, over rooftops and down the chimneys.

With your help, he should be able to get all his Christmas deliveries done just in time for the big day!

For older children

The Twelve Days of Christmas

By Jane Ray

TwelveDaysOfChristmasWe all know the traditional Christmas song about receiving a rather odd Christmas gift from her admirer. But this soon escalates and turtle doves, French hens, calling birds, geese, swans, maids a milking and dancing ladies, leaping lords and drummers and pipers follow.

When you live in a narrow house in Amsterdam beside the canal, as the woman in this picture book does, finding somewhere to put all the gifts becomes something of a problem…..

Each time you turn the page, her house has become more and more overcrowded and noisy – and the neighbours aren’t having much fun either.

And yet you can’t help feeling what a brilliantly noisy and happily crowded time they are all having in the lead-up to Christmas, until the most important gift of all that arrives on the final page.

Look out for the pantaloons on the flag mast, geese laying eggs Everywhere, the cat that’s after the birds and cows drinking tea in the dining room!


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