Advent Book Review Eleven: Jingle Bells

As a fan of good old fashioned Tom and Jerry I love this book about two mice and their arch enemy ‘That Cat!’

Nick Butterworth is one of my favourite authors for young children writing Percy the Park Keeper and Stories Jesus Told among many others.

This story is a festive favourite that has all the makings of a Christmas classic to be enjoyed year after year by all the family.

Esther and William particularly like it as it does have an actual jingle bell attached to the book!

‘Tis Christmas Eve!
Dear Santa Claus will bring
his gifts tonight.
We’ll hang our stockings by the bed,
And wait until it’s light.
I wonder what he’ll bring for you,
And what he’ll bring for me.
Ah! There! It’s no use wondering,
You’ll have to wait and see!
Anon

Lottie and Jack are two little mice who love Christmas. There is only one thing that may ruin their special day … That Cat!

Angus the Cat is Lottie and Jack’s arch enemy. He steals their food and thwarts their plans. That Cat is trying everything that he can to ruin Christmas for the little mice.

Lottie and Jack seek advice from a wise old rat. On their way to see Ton-Chee they find a single sleigh bell. When their meeting with the old rat is over the two little mice head home smiling, together they have hatched a plan to save their Christmas.

They use the sleigh bell to make a pretty collar for Angus the Cat which means they would always hear him coming.

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells
Jingle all the way
Now Angus can’t sneak up on us
When we go out to play!”

A feast of festive funnies for all the family!

Merry Christmas x

Advent Book Review Seven: Carol Gaily Carol

What it looks like now!

This is a book of Christmas carols but for me it is more than that it is a book of Christmas memories, Christmases at junior school where we used to sing these carols over and over again every year. And … Continue reading 

Advent Book Review Two: Why I Love Christmas

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This is a book for children written by children, or at least a collection of their thoughts. This is a book that celebrates Christmas, in children’s very own words. Why I Love Christmas is a beautiful book illustrated by Daniel … Continue reading 

Edspire Festive Forecast: Fairies and Friends Picture Matching Game

Boards and Cards

I have an almost four year old Goddaughter who I am never sure what to buy for at Christmas. This year though I think I may have found the answer with Fairies and Friends. Fairies and Friends sell a wonderful … Continue reading 

047/365 Barefoot Books Rhyme Time

My Little Book Worm x

Barefoot Books sent me a collection of their children’s titles to review including Clare Beaton’s Action Rhymes and Nursery Rhymes. These small and sturdy board books are perfect for chubby baby fingers and soggy baby gums! They would make lovely … Continue reading 

Looking Back On My Childhood Days

For Mumra Playlists 8 we have been asked to recall songs from our childhood. I was brought up on 50s and 60s music from Eddie Cochrane to The Everley Brothers, Connie Francis to Brenda Lee, Buddy Holly to Fats Domino. My parents loved their music and we had countless mix tapes played over and over in the car.

But I am looking further back than our long car journeys, I am remembering being a very small child in the bath with my Daddy singing to me, songs that I still sing with Esther and William now.

Songs that for me should feature in every childhood as they are about hopes and dreams and family.

Here they are:

What songs take you back to your childhood days?

Why not share them with Mumra?

Mumra Playlist

Mumra’s School Disco!

For Mumra’s 7th playlist she is asking us to reveal our school disco tracks.

I have two; a dance track that for me signifies the start of my disco career and the first song that I can remember slow dancing to in the school hall.

Both tunes remind me of my time at Edinburgh School in Munster,Germany and I guess at this time I would have been in Years 7, 8 and 9.

The dance style of the moment was The Running Man!

Madonna was enjoying a revival.

My full school disco playlist would include many many classic early 90s tunes but these two define, for me, discos at school.

Snap – The Power and Madonna – Crazy For You

Oh the memories of those so special days!!

Technotronic anyone? Betty Boo? Pump up the Jam!

They say that your school days are the best days of your life and with tunes such as these making up the soundtrack how can they be wrong?

Mumra Playlist