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Date: 26 February, 2009
Charlotte Haines Lyon offers her choices of books to give to children
If you want a present that lasts longer than many toys, why not consider a book or too for the children and young people in your lives?
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This and other such axioms are beautifully illustrated in a way that avoids being twee. It transcends beliefs and cultures and will offend only the most militant of atheists.
10 Things I Can Do to Help My World
Then are more fun ideas such as – play with all boxes before throwing them out. A must for all eco-teenies.
Teach Your Granny to Text and Other Ways to Change the World
There are 30 actions that were suggested by school children from around the country, including teaching your granny to text and go to more parties (party ideas provided). There are great anti junk mail stickers, and free basil seeds. The offspring of Change the World for a Fiver is imaginative and inspiring and will attract all but the very young.
Will he escape alive or will he be eaten by Weevils? Will the tree survive? Where are his parents? A rip-roaring environmental tale. As film ratings warn there are scenes of peril, although there is plenty of hope. Whoever you buy it for, just be prepared to buy the forthcoming sequel next year.
Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons
Phyllis a slave, brought over from Senegal, is tutored by her master’s family who see themselves as benefactors rather than owners. However she yearns for true freedom, whatever that may mean. The questions of humanity, freedom, ownership, celebrity and the place of women are all tackled head on via the means of beautiful prose.
It’s good to know that annuals are still popular presents, and now have their own television adverts! There are so many annuals available that from January to September (when the following year’s versions are published), they still make great presents, and the huge choice means that your little one won’t have got them all. Here are a few favourites:
It's not all for boys: Gwen, Ben's cousin, has a talent for magic and martial arts as well as a penchant for machines. Brilliant superhero action all round.
Disney Pixar Wall E Annual
He is also accompanied by other popular Disney Pixar characters from Nemo, Ratatouille, The Incredibles, The World of Cars, Toy story and Monsters Inc. With plenty of things to make, colour, read and puzzle over, the phrase “I'm bored” should not feature this Christmas.
The Rupert Annual
Rhyming couplets are there alongside great depictions of Nutwood. Best of all, the requisite origami challenge remains too. Every year my dad and I set about following the instructions for a paper frog, kite, bird etc. Every year we failed and argued!
The Christmas Cat has the inn's moggy on a ribbon to fit into a shaped hole at each scene of the Christmas story and is my one year old's favourite.
Then there is My Nativity Jigsaw Book with a simple pop out puzzle on each page.
Finally, My Very First Christmas Playtime will delight pre-school children who are just getting to grips with stickers, simple matching puzzles, baking and board games.
White Christmas, Lucky Wish Mouse
A special lucky wish mouse is hidden in the back of the book as a starter present.