Hello, my festive little Sunshines, In an effort to finally get down my huge Netgalley list before Christmas, I am bringing you a selection of mini-reviews today. I have the pleasure to be sharing three cute little Children’s Christmas books with you all, all three I’m sure will put a smile on your face, now let’s have a look at them, should we?

About the Book

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Lara Hawthorne (Illustrator)

“​On the first day of Christmas 

my true love gave to me

a partridge in a pear tree.”

Celebrate the magic of Christmas time with this well-loved traditional poem, The Twelve Days of Christmas, beautifully illustrated by Laura Hawthorne.

Take a walk through each beautiful scene brimming with details that will remind you of the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. Perfect to read with your true love. 

What better for the approaching festive season then to re-read the 12 days of Christmas, it’s a classic no matter your age you can sit back and enjoy this charming re-telling of a childhood favourit and really .

Review

We all know the 12 days of Christmas story, don’t we?  We have all either sung the song or read the poem as children and this one is absolutely perfect for those little ones who are just discovering the beauty of Christmas.

This little picture book is beautifully illustrated, each page has so much going on you can’t help but keep looking, I loved how each illustration connects with each part of the song, if you remember picture books when you were a child they a little boring – well the ones I still have from my childhood are, they are so bland in comparison to this beauty, it really grabs your attention.

Not only are the pictures stunning, but you are also educated as you read – what’s not to love? Plus at the end, there is a search and find type game which will keep not just the little one, but yourself busy, which is a lovely little touch.

This is a magical book which will entertain and be loved by the whole family and perfect to snuggle up with on Christmas Eve.

About the Book

Calvin the Christmas Tree: The Greatest Christmas Tree of All by Stephen G. Bowling, Illustrated by Vitali Dudarenka.

He’s been preparing for the season since he was a sapling. But will he be tall enough to start spreading joy?

The thought of missing Christmas has little Calvin quaking in his roots. The smallest tree on his famous farm, his branches get all ruffled when a grumpy old coot says he isn’t strong enough for ornaments. But he’s thrilled when he’s finally pulled from the ground and put on sale just in time for Christmas Eve!

As excited families whisk away all the other evergreens, Calvin’s smile fades when he finds himself all alone. And he worries the grizzled meanie might’ve been right when the store closes, and he’s covered in snow… until he sees headlights peeking through the storm.

Will Calvin be left out in the cold, or is one special family about to make him their shining star?

Calvin the Christmas Tree is a beautifully illustrated children’s picture book. If you or your child like hand-painted wonders, classic scenes from simpler times, and charming emotional journeys, then you’ll love Stephen G. Bowling’s heartwarming tale.

Review

This is a super cute and heart-warming festive story, with a really hopeful and meaningful message, of wishes, do come true if you wish and believe hard enough.

Little Tree Calvin has one wish, and that is to be a Christmas Tree and to bring joy to people during the festive period.

Living on the Christmas Tree farm he has been trying to growing big enough to be picked to be a Christmas Tree, but as he sees all his friends around him being taken and chosen our little Calvin is becoming sad and lonely that he will never be chosen. With the other’s trees encouraging him to grow (except one very old, grumpy tree) he keeps wishing.

When the day he has been wishing for finally comes, he is picked to be taken to the Christmas Tree lot…woo-hoo!! But once there, he once again sees people choosing the other bigger, stronger trees and then things go all wrong and poor Calvin is left all alone in the cold, all the trees have been sold except him.

But when he see’s headlights driving his way, is this the happy ending he has been waiting for?

Just like the front cover, the illustrations are very cute, even though on my older Kindle they did look black and white, I can image in colour they would be beautiful and I think children will love meeting Calvin and all the other tree’s.

Calvin the Christmas Tree is a sweet little story, full of festive cheer and perfect for your little ones to snuggle up with on Christmas Eve, the message of never judge at first sight and all dreams comes true is heart-warming. Like the illustrations, this is a simple story but a very cute one.

About the Book

The Boy Who Moved Christmas by Eric Walters, Nicole Wellwood and Illustrated by Carole (Shan) Liu

It’s October, but in seven-year-old Evan’s town, every house is decorated for Christmas and a giant holiday parade is about to begin. The bump in Evan’s head means he might not make it to December, so all his friends, family, neighbours, and thousands of strangers have moved Christmas just for him.

Evan is delighted to see the trees, the lights, and even snow, but he’s a little worried that the parade might not be complete. How will Santa know he needs to visit so early? Will it even feel like Christmas without Santa there?

Based on the true story of Evan Leversage and featuring an afterword by his mother, Nicole Wellwood, The Boy who Moved Christmas is a loving tribute from the duo behind Always With You, and a touching reminder of the power of the Christmas spirit—no matter what time of year.

Review

The Boy who Moved Christmas is a heart-warming, touching and very sad little story, based on true events of a community who came together to move Christmas for one ill little boy who would be seeing his last Christmas. The entire town comes together and pulls out all the stops to decorate every square inch of their town to make it look as Christmassy and cheerful as possible.

The illustrations are beautiful and full of Christmas cheer which will warm any one’s heart, despite the sad story, this is a lovely festive treat full of kindness, happiness and true love, which is shown in a pure and innocent way.

With an afterword by Evan’s mother, this is simple and inspiring tale.

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