Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas Gift Ideas

Need some last minute Christmas ideas? Well maybe some of these books will help.
These are some of my favourites that crossed my desk ... some recent and some from earlier in the year.

Hello God Moya Simons & Lisa Coutts (Harper Collins)
A beautiful book about a girl and her conversations with God. Questions are posed, discussions (although one sided) are entered into, and importnat issues like birth and death and God are covered. When Kate's new friend Stephanie falls ill some very deep conversations occur.

The Pixie O'Harris Fairy Book (PanMacmillan)
This gift book - a classic treasury of Pixie O'Harris' most popular stories and poems is perfect for any special occassion. It has eight colour plates and black and white illstrations. Many adults grew up with the stories and illustrations crafted by Pixie o'Harris and a new generation of aussies can do so once again.

That's Why I Wrote This Song Susanne Gervay (Harper Collins)
This is a brillinatly crafted gritty Young Adult book, especially for girls and especially for those who love music. It comes with a website link to free downloads of two songs with lyrics written by Susanne's daughter Tory. It is the story of four teenage girls and their sometimes uneasy family lives. The girls are united by one cause - their passion for music.

Really Really Pearlie Wendy Harmer Mike Zarb & Gypsy Taylor (Random House)
This is a hardback compilation of three earlier Pearlie titles. Great for younger readers who want a book with colour and easy reading text. Includes Pearlie and the Christmas Angel surely making this one to stick under the tree!

Cedar, Seals and Whaling Ships John Nicholson (Allen&Unwin)
For readers who love non-fiction this book about Australia's early white settlers is one they can devour. it describes those early days and the first attempts to make Australia a trading nation ... using the cedar and seal resources. Great information about whaling and the trading practises, the town and the industries, and the people involved in the trade.

Hope that your Santa stockings are filled with lots of wonderful Aussie Christmas books.

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