Advent is here and we will be counting down the days by reading a Christmas book each day. Today we started with this selection of Christmas Poems.
Christmas Poems, selected by Gaby Morgan, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, Macmillan, £10.99
The book contains a varied selection of Christmas carols, and classic and new poems, chosen by Gaby Morgan (who also selected the War Poems we have recently reviewed.) It is illustrated in full colour by Axel Scheffler.
We have read and enjoyed several of the poems over the last few weeks, and I am sure we will keep coming back to this book throughout Advent. This was one that all the children liked:
In a Forest Clearing
Pine tree in the forest
Water dripping from needles
Like crystal baubles –
Exploding on forest floor
Like fairy lights.
After we read the poem, I asked the children to draw a picture, copy out the poem or write one of their own. Rabbit drew a Christmas tree, then some reindeer which she cut out, and she also made a paper plate snowman. Owl wrote out the poem and illustrated it. Monkey wrote some Christmas words and illustrated them, then he decided to write a poem of his own:
Waiting for Christmas
To celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Stockings hanging, Santa coming
Decorations on the tree.
Asleep on my bed
Waiting for dawn
In my dreams.
We received a copy of this book to review.