When we were contacted by Miles Kelly and asked if we would like to review some of their Christmas books I jumped at the chance. We have previously reviewed their Convertible Train Book and loved it. Each year I put together an Advent Book Calendar for Monkey and the Miles Kelly books we received were perfect to add to this as he had grown out of some of the younger books we read last year.
We are big readers and Monkey will have several stories before bed each night, the four gorgeous books which we received were
- The Nutcracker
- The First Christmas
- The Twelve Days of Christmas
- The Snow Queen
The four books form their Christmas Time Collection Bag which is aimed at the 3-5 age group, each book has wonderful full page illustrations. What I really like about the books is that each book has a different feel to the illustrations. Its very difficult to pick a favourite, Monkey loved them all.
The Nutcracker – illustrated by Luciana Feito. A traditional story where Clara the main character is given a nutcracker as a present. She falls to sleep and he comes alive and saves her from the Mouse King, before turning into a Prince. They then go for a ride in his sleigh and travel through the magical land of sweets, to a huge banquet in Clara’s honour. When she awakes she finds the Prince has turned back into the Nutcracker.
The First Christmas – illustrated by Yorgos Sgouros. It tells the traditional Christmas story simply but pitched perfectly at Monkey’s age group. It goes through Mary and Joseph being visited by the angel, their journey to Bethlehem and having Jesus in the stable. Visits from the shepherds and the wise men including King Herod finding out about the new king. Its nice to have a more traditional story within the selection and to start teaching why Christmas came about.
The Twelve Days of Christmas – illustrated by Luis Filella. I have been trying to teach Monkey his numbers so this book is ideal. Not only does it go through the traditional song with some beautiful pictures it also includes the back page with the different numbers numerically. When trying to build an advent calendar with 24 different books it can be difficult to have books which are different. This is a great addition for this reason.
The Snow Queen – illustrated by Claire Keay. It is about two friends, one of which is enchanted by the Snow Queen who captured his heart. As the days past he becomes more horrible before the Snow Queen returns to take him away. His friend goes to look for him, she mets a robber girl who gives her a reindeer to take to the snow palace. She ends up rescuing her friend the snow palace melts.
The photos really do not do the illustrations in the books justice. The collection comes in a fabric bag and they are all ideal for bedtime reading or if you decide to put together your own advent calendar. Each front cover is accented with glitter adding to the festive feel.
The set normally retails for £24.00 but at the moment it is £18.00 alternatively each book is available individually. You can find these and other brilliant books on the Miles Kelly website here.
What are your children’s favourite festive reads?
We were sent the books for the purpose of this review, all opinions are my own.