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Angelina’s Christmas Stories {what we’re reading}


Yippee, it’s December, the sun is officially past the festive yard arm and it’s time to crack open all the Christmas classics, assuming of course that you’re not all too busy playing Adventivity!

And to start things off we’re going with a book that probably wouldn’t make it into any top 10 classic children’s books for Christmas. It’s not A Christmas Carol or The Night Before Christmas or any one of a dozen Christmas bible stories.  But it is a story I remember from my childhood.

And that of course makes Angelina’s Christmas an instant classic.

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Technically if memory serves me right I think the original Angelina’s Christmas was my sister’s rather than mine; a glossy white hardback that was almost certainly a birthday present from the era when we both spent Saturday mornings working our way through renditions of ‘happy toes, sad toes’ under the stern instruction of Mrs Duckworth.

I certainly wasn’t ever much of a ballerina (too tall and far too uncoordinated) and while I can’t speak for the rest of the family, I do know that neither of us ever harboured professional aspirations in that direction.  I think Angelina might be the closest we ever got!

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But the story of Angelina’s Christmas stayed with me through the years, the visit to Mr Bell, the retired village postman and his stories of Christmases past, delivering parcels by sledge and nearly missing the village in the snow on his return journey, the friendship that grew up between him and little cousin Henry, and of course the final scene, the school Christmas party with Angelina dancing the Nutcracker and Mr Bell dressed up as a certain someone handing out parcels.

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The illustrations are gorgeous too; so delicate and detailed and completely and utterly Christmassy.

Our copy is Kitty’s, a present from Grandpa last year, who it seems might just have fond memories of reading Angelina stories to two little girls, and was both well loved and well read.  It’s also got the added bonus of being not one but two stories; the Angelina’s Christmas that I remembered and Angelina Ice Skates.

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It’s no great secret that I love snow – I’m making up for a remarkably snow-free childhood (seriously, how often do you think it snows at the beach?) – and this second story is one of everything that is magical about winter weather; snow, outdoor ice skating, and everyone working together to put on the best New Year’s Ice Dance ever seen; it was always going to be a hit wasn’t it.

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From being a daily read last January, Angelina’s spent quite a bit of time on the shelves over the summer and it’s lovely to pull it back out again, to cuddle the girls up in quilts and settle down to create a little winter magic.

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Space for the Butterflies: What We're Reading

Last week was a week Vickie’s little girl was not only enjoying Again! but had also found and befriended the dragon – hopefully she’s being a good influence on him in the matter of bedtimes and not the other way around! And Jess was also on a bedtime theme with the gorgeously illustrated Little Bear Won’t Sleep which Rachel found the book you really don’t want to pull out just before bed but which looks fantastic for spending a happy afternoon pouring over in the form of Spot a Lot Animal Escape!

And if you have a favourite, or just something fun your little or not so little ones have enjoyed reading lately please do join us.  Alternatively if you’re after ideas for Christmas presents, I’ve updated the What We’re Reading Booklist, which has every book anyone has ever recommended on it and is therefore very dangerous to my credit card!

The linky is always open for the whole week so there’s plenty of time. And so, without further ado, it’s over to you to tell me what we should be reading!

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  • Jess @ 02/12/2014 at 2:57 pm

    That looks like a lovely Christmas story, I think Rosalie would enjoy that – the illustrations look wonderful. Thanks for hosting 🙂 Jess x

    • Carie 03/12/2014 at 2:55 pm

      It’s definitely one you can enjoy for the pictures before you can really follow the story – especially Mr Bell dressed up as Father Christmas!

  • Donna 02/12/2014 at 3:05 pm

    LP loves Christmas books and Angelina Ballerina so I think this would go down well in our house! x

    • Carie 03/12/2014 at 2:53 pm

      Well in that case it’s a match made in heaven!

  • dean of Little Steps 02/12/2014 at 4:34 pm

    That looks like a really pretty book! Love the illustrations.x

    • Carie 03/12/2014 at 2:52 pm

      The illustrations are so sweet, and very old school Christmassy too!

  • sustainablemum 02/12/2014 at 5:02 pm

    We have just bought a copy of that in a charity shop this week. Looking forward to sharing it with my youngest over the coming weeks!

    • Carie 03/12/2014 at 2:51 pm

      Perfect timing!

  • Vickie 02/12/2014 at 5:46 pm

    What a beautifully illustrated book! Bubs has started to watch Angeline Ballerina so I think she would love this.

    • Carie 03/12/2014 at 2:50 pm

      Oh she’d love it – it’s much better than the tv version which can get a bit worthy after a while!

  • Emma 02/12/2014 at 5:54 pm

    I love Angelina Ballerina! Happy memories! x

    • Carie 03/12/2014 at 2:50 pm

      It seems to be one that we all remember from our childhoods doesn’t it 🙂

  • Jemma 02/12/2014 at 10:38 pm

    Ah yes! I remember reading Angelina which was also my sisters! But I haven’t read the Christmas ones- one for the Christmas present list for my 6 year old I think! Xx

    • Carie 03/12/2014 at 2:49 pm

      Oh she’d love it – Angelina is just so sweet, especially at Christmas – and it’s much better than the tv version!

  • sally 02/12/2014 at 11:03 pm

    This is one of our Advent books to read, always a favourite here too. Is your ‘What we’re readng’ weekly or fortnightly? You’d think I’d know by now, wouldn’t you?! At some point soon I think I might link up too, with a what we’re reading and what I’m making from it!

    • Carie 03/12/2014 at 2:44 pm

      It’s weekly – and do link up whenever you feel like, I’d love some ideas for the next stage of books for Kitty – the linky is open all week so there’s almost always one open somewhere!

  • Anna 04/12/2014 at 6:51 pm

    Weirdly it’s exactly what my OH is reading to the girls as I catch up on chores (aka have a blog reading break!) before their bedtime. Seems to be going down well so far 🙂

    • Carie 04/12/2014 at 8:07 pm

      Wonderful 🙂 it’s such a lovely story for making you feel all Christmassy!