Friday Favourites – Christmas Special

There are only two more sleeps until Christmas. We’ve been reading Christmas themed books all month here and wanted to share some of our favourites.

Title: Elmo’s Christmas Colours

What it’s about: The characters from Sesame Street look at all the different colours (from red to green to pink to brown) and tie them in with Christmas. Written in rhyme. A board book.

Why the fairy princess likes it: She loves identifying the colours on each page.

Favourite part: Pink–her favourite colour. She also likes the page with Elmo.

Title: The Australian Twelve Days of Christmas

Illustrator: Heath McKenzie

What it’s about: A version of the twelve days of Christmas using Australian animals accompanied by some crazy illustrations. (Also comes with a CD with the song.)

Why the captain likes it: Because it’s a Christmas story and because he likes all the animals in it. He loves turning the pages along to the CD.

Favourite part: Flies a’feasting.

Title: An Aussie Night Before Christmas

Author: Yvonne Morrison

Illustrator: Kilmeny Niland

What it’s about: An Australian version of the classic Christmas poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ complete with a ute pulled by kangaroos.

Why I liked it: This is one of my all time favourite Christmas books. I love Aussie versions of classic Christmas songs and stories as they’re so relatable to me as an Australian. I love the use of familiar Aussie jargon and Aussie culture. On top of that, it’s very clever and funny in the way it’s written.

Favourite part: When Santa calls the kangaroos by name:

“‘Now, Kylie! Now, Kirsty!

Now, Shazza and Shane!

On, Kipper! On, Skipper!

On, Bazza and Wayne!”


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