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Dec 04 2011

The Christmas Book by Dick Bruna

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Hardie Grant Egmont, 2011. ISBN 9781921288814.
This is my all-time favourite Christmas book sparking one of the most enduring activities that I did with the re-telling of the Christmas story. This re-issue of the 1964 original by Dick Bruna (of Miffy fame) tells the story in a simple, uncomplicated way that ensures children learn about the events that underpin this important celebration and help them understand that there is more to it than a fat man in a red suit and bulging stockings.
The illustrations are typically Bruna with simple lines and colour blocks that have a character all of their own. There were few children in my 35-year career who were not exposed to this book and it's great to know that it is on the market again. If it is not in your collection, it should be. I'm looking forward to sharing this with Miss 5 on Christmas Eve.
Barbara Braxton

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