With Christmas a not-too-distant spectre on the calendar, it might be time to start thinking about what goes into filling the children’s stockings this year.
They might ask for electric-this and handheld-that but why not consider giving their eyes (and minds) a real treat by giving them the gift of a story book?
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Prevent the “what, a book?” disappointment by selecting classic books for children that you know and have loved, then read it together. In these days of working all hours, it will serve as a real treat for younger children to have their mum or dad sit and read them a story, remember how you felt?
Here’s a very brief list of some wonderful stories that your little ones – and the bigger readers – might like to unwrap on 25 December:
Anything by Roald Dahl, the more horrible, the better! The Twits is a great starting point and will have you both laughing before bedtime, Quentin Blake’s ever-fabulous illustrations will help that imagination go into overdrive.
The Borrowers by Mary Norton is another all time favourite, following the adventures of the teeny tiny Clock family who live under the floorboards until one day they reveal themselves to the ‘human beans.’
Girls of a certain age with love Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess, which is the tale of uppity Sara Crewe, who is sent back from India to a girls’ school to gain a refined education. However, during her stay, it emerges that her father has gone missing and without her school fees, Sara is destined to servitude. However, she is befriended by a fellow servant girl and an Indian Gentleman.
Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a classic around the world and every little boy or girl deserves to have this wonderful book read to them. It, of course, chronicles the at-first small caterpillar’s eating frenzy that results in him turning into a butterfly.
Of course, there are hundreds upon hundreds of wonderful stories out there, ready for sharing and falling in love with. Why not give this wonderful gift at Christmas? No batteries required.