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Sunday 23 December 2012

Review: My First Book of Christmas

We all love a good old festive Christmas book, jingling with bells and crackling with cellophane, with a ho ho ho and all that. But sometimes it's nice to revisit the deeper meanings behind Christmas with a book that will delight both kids and adults.

My First Book of Christmas is a beautifully-illustrated, hardcover tome which explores the origins of Christmas, its traditions and joys - from the three wise men to advent calendars, carolers, wreaths and decorations.

What I love about this book is that it's a holistic take on all things Christmas, from the Christian origins right through to Santa and gift-giving.

Each recto page introduces the reader to a sneak peek of something special - the glint of a star, the tippety-top of a stocking - and the following verso page reveals all, with text explaining the where and whyfor of each festive surprise.

While the text is relatively detailed, the adorable illustrations keep things really kid-friendly, with detailed images to pore over. Kids will love exploring this book - and adults will enormously enjoy meandering through this joyful season with them. Includes a Christmas quiz at the end.

Title: My First Book of Christmas
Author: Charlotte Guillain
Illustrator: Anna Jones
Publisher: A&C Black (Bloomsbury), $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: November 2012
Format: Hard cover with dust jacket
ISBN: 9781408180365
For ages: 4 - 7 
Type: Picture Book