Winnie-the-Pooh and the Grand Christmas Surprise by Andrew Grey (illustrator)
Based on the Winnie-the-Pooh works by A.A. Milne and E. H. Shepard.
Hardie Grant Egmont, 2011. ISBN 9781742970295
'Nothing is better than a surprise Christmas letter!' Pooh is stumping home through the snow from Christopher Robin's house, humming a little hum, when he has an idea. Next day, Piglet, Christopher Robin, Kanga, Roo, Tigger, Eeyore and Owl all receive mysterious letters telling them to go to the North Pole at luncheon. Piglet is very worried that Pooh has been kidnapped by Hostile Animals or a Heffalump so they all go to see Rabbit for advice. But Rabbit also has a letter, and, appointing himself in charge, he leads them off to the North Pole where they find . . .
This is the most delightful story in the traditional Winnie-the-Pooh style that is my favourite. It has beautiful coloured illustrations akin to the originals of E.H. Shepard with the added excitement of five real letters in envelopes, as well as something special in Pooh's envelope.
I know whose Christmas stocking this book is going into, but if your students love Pooh and the excitement of opening envelopes then this is just perfect. Maybe they could pretend they have been invited to the North Pole too and create an acceptance card for Pooh or a Christmas card for all the friends. Lots of ideas for this special time of the year.