Title: Little Mole’s Christmas Gift
Author: Glenys Nellist
Illustrator: Sally Garland
Release Date: October 6th 2020
Length: 32 pages
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Publisher: Beaming Books
A Christmas tale of generosity and kindness from Glenys Nellist to continue the Little Mole picture book series.
Bestselling author Glenys Nellist tells a Christmas tale of generosity and kindness.
It was going to be the best Christmas ever because Little Mole had found the perfect gift for Mama: the biggest, most beautiful mushroom he had ever seen. But on his way home, Little Mole encounters other woodland friends in need. Though it pains him to do so, Little Mole shares pieces of his mushroom with each friend he meets until there’s not much left. Disappointed and anxious about what this means for Christmas, Little Mole wraps what’s left of the mushroom. He fears Christmas is ruined, but ultimately, Little Mole discovers that his gift was bigger than he ever imagined.
Little Mole’s Christmas Gift is a companion to Nellist’s spring-themed picture book, Little Mole Finds Hope.
**** My Review ****
Having children is a real blessing and not an easy task. Preparing them for this world is one of the most important and most demanding tasks. They want to know everything , and ask a lot of questions even when they are really young. Children explore the world around them every day, percieve the things according to their own understanding and desire. Their curiosity knows no boundaries. And although a huge number of modern toys and digital applications are available in this modern age that facilitate that process of getting to know the world, nothing can replace the magic of the picture book.
The holiday season is very exciting for children, but also a great learning opportunity. While enjoying the holidays, children at the same time increase their knowledge of the cultural significance of the holidays, what is the reason for the celebration, how we celebrate and the like. This is one of the reasons why Little Mole’s Christmas Gift by Glenys Nellist is a wonderful choice for every child.
The series of events faced by the little mole is beautifully designed to encourage children to think critically about the true meaning of the holiday, the real spirit of Christmas. It evokes empathy instead of selfishness, and we all know that children are not thrilled when they have to share with others. But the books teaches about generosity and kindness, using situations that children can actually understand. What I also liked was that the focus was on searching for a gift for mom, as a person who deserves attention and the most wonderful gift.
The wonderful story, told with the help of simple and simple language structures is easy to understand and very interesting for children. And the illustrations are absolutely beautiful and incredibly cute, and will most definitely help to keep the children’s attention, which is not always easy.
With amazing illustrations and heart-warming storyline, this picture book would be an excellent addition to the family library or great Christmas gift for your little ones.
****About the Author****
I’m an author of twenty books for children, including the best-selling Twas The Evening of Christmas, The Wonder That is You, and two popular series: Love Letters from God and Snuggle Time. Here’s my little story…
Although I live in Michigan, USA, I was born and raised in a little village in northern England.
I grew up in a big old house, with two wonderful parents and seven siblings. My dad was the one who introduced me to the gospel. My mum was the one who encouraged me to work with children.
And at primary school, my teacher was the one who urged me to write. One day a week, I was one of the lucky few withdrawn from the classroom to sit in big, comfy armchairs in the teachers’ lounge. There, in front of a roaring log fire, with pencil and paper at the ready, I would write.
Four long decades later, I would find myself living across the pond, married to a wonderful man, mum to four adult children and three daughters-in-law, and grandma to three bouncing boys and one gorgeous girl. And as if all that wasn’t blessing enough, I somehow became an author, despite giving up on my first book half way through.
And if you would have told me then, that this book would one day become a series, that I would begin a second series, and a third… I never would have believed you. The only possible explanation is that our great God is able to do immeasurably more than all I could ever ask or possibly imagine.