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Friday 3 December 2010

Review: Christmas Time

Think of every word you associate with Christmas. Go on. Most, if not all, are covered in this gorgeous picture book.

Each page of this book contains just one or two words. That's it. Oh, and stunning illustrations, of course.

The simplicity makes it easy to skip over, but this is an important style of book to share with your children. Children of all ages, that is.

Christmas Time gives younger children the opportunity to discuss each word with you - what it is and what it means in a literal sense, and how it relates to Christmas and your family. For example, the word 'card' - we can easily explain what a card is, but knowing what it means to those sending them and those receiving them is an important discussion.

And slightly older children, those learning to read, can add an extra dimension to the book: the pride of beginning to recognise Christmas-themed words.

The best thing, though, about this gorgeous new-release addition to any Christmas book collection, is the artwork. The warm, richly (in a deep, faded manner, rather than bright and vivid) coloured illustrations have a crackled effect that gives a timeless, ever-traditional sense, and will make you and your little ones want to snuggle up together as you read.

Remembering, of course, that this is a book produced in the U.K., so snuggling under a blanket at Christmastime is perfect - Aussie readers might prefer to do this in front of the air conditioner!

Title: Christmas Time
Author/Illustrator: Alison Jay
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont, $14.95 RRP
Publication Date: November 2010
Format: Board book
ISBN: 9781921759130
For ages: Preschool
Type: Picture book

This book is available online