Our dapper young duck is prepping his house for Christmas. Securing mistletoe to his front door, he spies Mr Collins the Cat taking far too much interest in Maria the Mouse. Rescuing his young friend, he takes her inside the house.
Caroline the cow, Bingley the horse and Lizzy Duck and her sisters soon arrive. It's time for that classic British tradition--Stir-Up Sunday--when families come together to prep the Christmas pudding.
As the friends get busy with mixing the pudding, Mr Collins appears at the window. He looks cold and miserable but Mr Darcy simply closes the curtains. He doesn't trust that sly old cat. Lizzy, being her sweet self, soon helps thaw Mr Darcy's heart, and Mr Collins is allowed in to help.
On Christmas Day, the friends return to share their very special pudding, made with love.
Featuring Peter Carnavas's typically charming illustrations, this is a sweet story with a super cute ending. An addendum page about Stir-Up Sunday is a wonderful way to introduce Australian kids to the traditions of other places.
Title: Mr Darcy and the Christmas Pudding
Author: Alex Field
Illustrator: Peter Carnavas
Publisher: New Frontier, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 November 2014
Format: Hard cover
For ages: 3 - 8
Type: Picture Book