Merry Christmas from the SLS team!

The last few weeks have flown by and the final week of our Advent Book Doors is upon us- and it’s suitably christmas themed, especially as there are now less than 24 hours until “the big day”!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our festive countdown and would encourage you to look back through the last three weeks entry’s here if you haven’t already done so- we think we selected some great books! This is our last official entry of 2014 and though we’ll be back in the New Year, we’d like to thank everyone who has read our blog this year and hope that you’ll continue to support us in 2015!

Now- some more books!

Advent Week 4

Non-fiction:  Christmas Poems, edited by Gaby Morgan

Described as ‘decorated by Axel Scheffler’ this is a lovely collection of the new and the familiar, carols as well as poems, roughly in thematic order. It includes the well-known anonymous ‘Christmas Blessing’:

God bless the master of this house,

The mistress also,

And all the little children

That round the table go;

And all your kin and kinsfolk

That dwell both far and near:

We wish you a Merry Christmas

And a Happy New Year.

Picture book: Bear and Hare: Snow! by Emily Gravett

One of a sweet series of little stories about best friends Bear and Hare. With a minimal amount of text, the delightful illustrations express plenty of emotions as Bear reluctantly goes out to play in the snow with the very enthusiastic Hare…but of course they end up having a great time!

Novel: Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M. Barrie, illustrated by Shirley Hughes

Not new, but we can’t resist, as Peter Pan is playing at Norwich Theatre Royal for Christmas, and Hughes’ illustrations are as charming and warm as ever.

Teen: The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

OK, it’s a well-known classic – but how many have actually read it? The description of Christmas is gorgeous, and won’t fail to put the reader into the best of spirits. The whole book is delightfully entertaining and full of Dickens’ most eccentric characters. Don’t pass it by.

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