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Book of the Week and Christmas Book Recommendations!

This week, the Grimsdell Children’s Library Book of the Week has been chosen by the Junior Librarian, Tiare from 2AM.

Tiare recommends: Rapunzel based on the story recorded by the Brothers Grimm, retold by Saviour Pirotta.

Tiare’s reason for her choice:

“I really like traditional tales and Rapunzel is one of my favourites! I hope you enjoy it too!”

We hope you agree! This book (and other traditional tales) is available to borrow from the library.

Mrs Harvey would also recommend the book. From prepping us for the pitfalls of life to teaching us valuable skills and lessons, traditional tales and fairy tales are ever-relevant, whatever our age. These narratives stay with us well beyond our childhood.

According to child psychologist Sally Goddard Blythe, director of The Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology and author of The Genius of Natural Childhood: Secrets of Thriving Children, even in our own age, fairy tales still have a lot to teach children about life, and indeed give us key imaginary experiences that shape us throughout our lives.

“Fairy tales are important not because they show children how life is, but because they give form to deep fears and dreams about life through fantasy,” Goddard Blythe says.

The important thing to remember is that children take on these stories at the developmental level they are capable of. In fairy tales, it’s always clear that this isn’t the real world. The characters might be unfamiliar to the child but the problems and the feelings that are dealt with are themselves often very true to life. Fairy tales give children a way, through stories that are safely set apart from themselves, to understand some of the really confusing and difficult feelings that they can’t yet articulate for themselves.

Library Display: Christmas Crackers!

With only three more library ‘borrowing’ weeks of term left, our current Junior Librarians have been busy thinking about their favourite Christmas reads. We created our Christmas Crackers display as a forum through which to share some favourite Christmas themed stories.

The Junior Librarians recommend the following books:

  • Lucy and Tom at Christmas by Shirley Hughes
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss
  • The Night Before Christmas by Kes Gray
  • Busy London at Christmas by Marion Billet
  • The Princess Christmas Rescue by Caryl Hart
  • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Jesus’ Christmas Party by Nicholas Allan
  • Countdown to Christmas by Adam and Charlotte Guillan
  • Daisy and the Trouble with Christmas by Kes Gray
  • Shine Moon Shine by David Conway
  • On That Christmas Night by Lois Rock
  • The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Alan Ahlberg.

We have a plethora of Christmas stories to share and explore from traditional favourites such as, The Snowman by Raymond Briggs, to new releases (with a very royal flavour) such as, A Very Corgi Christmas by Sam Hay.

I wonder which your favourite will be …

Happy Reading!

Mrs Harvey