Advent

How Winston Delivered Christmas

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If you are looking for the perfect story this Christmas, then look no further! The wonderful, whimsical Alex T Smith has created another cracker of a book, perfect for the festive season.

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This is the charming story of Winston, a little mouse, who in the spirit of Christmas, shows great kindness, bravery and determination when doing something nice for a complete stranger. On his quest, he makes some surprising friends and sees the good in others, who in turn take the time to help him accomplish his mission, before he is suitably rewarded at the end. It is a heart-warming, cuddle of a book which has the additional joy of things to make and do throughout the story.

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The book is a celebration of spending time together and enjoying simple things. The emphasis is on using readily available materials- cereal boxes for card, bits of ribbon, toilet roll tubes- and putting thought, care and time into making things for others rather than money. I know everyone is ‘so busy’, but should anyone need an excuse to have some fun with their children, grand children, nephews, nieces, the neighbour’s children, this book is perfect!

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There are other ‘makes’ which might need a little more ‘specialist’ equipment, but nothing which is not readily available. My Book Group are going to be delighted to learn that we will be using the book and making some of the suggestions, starting with Winston finger puppets- so more on this soon!

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As well as offering a whole host of fun activities, ‘How Winston Delivered Christmas’ is also a beautifully written story, full of descriptive details and gentle humour. Alex T Smith is a master at creating engaging, quirky characters that appeal to a wide audience. His illustrations are gorgeous- the dolls’ house picture alone deserves a medal! There are so many details to enjoy like this one…

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I love Mr Penguin!

When so much in life is upsetting, ‘How Winston Delivered Christmas’ serves up a slice of perfect escapism and makes Christmas caring once more.

How Winston Delivered Christmas: An Advent Story in Twenty-Four-and-a-Half Chapters Alex T Smith

Macmillan ISBN: 978-1509851522