10th December 2014
This month our book club picked two books to read, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkein. I love Christmas, as does Nibsy, so the choice was simple…A Christmas Carol.
I contemplated an abridged version for Nibsy as I thought that the full version might be too difficult for him but then I stumbled upon a copy in the charity shop for 25p and my frugal side won out. I’m glad I didn’t get the abridged after all as Nibsy has been doing really well with the full Dickens version and I think it’s been good for him to listen to the different vocabulary and sentence structure. I’ve been making sure I stop a lot more frequently than I usually do in order to discuss what has happened in the story and to make sure Nibsy has understood what he has heard.
I also got my hands on a copy of A Muppets Christmas Carol for him to watch. As a child I watched this film every Christmas with my mum and it’s just as awesome now as it was back then. Nibsy did ask me why on earth a frog was wearing a jacket and going to work, I have clearly been remiss in his introduction to Kermit the Frog.
The other book we’ve been enjoying this festive season is Letters From Father Christmas by Tolkein. I purchased this book as a gift for Nibsy last Christmas but he had absolutely no interest in it so it was packed away ready for this year. I’ve never read this book myself and I’m pleased to report that we both absolutely love it…I might love it just a wee bit more than Nibsy though.
The book is a compilation of letters that “Father Christmas” wrote to Tolkein’s children between the 1920s and 1940s. Each letter has an interesting cast of characters including the rather mischievous North Polar Bear who accidentally sets of 2 years worth of Northern Lights in one go. The letters span 2-3 pages of the book at most so this is awesome for just reading for a few minutes here and there, or if you’re like us, consuming huge chunks of in one go!
What are some of your favourite Christmas books?