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Thursday, 25 August 2011

Natalie's Winter Wonderland (Bluebell Woods) by Liss Norton

Welcome to the secret world of Bluebell Woods, home to a delightful cast of woodland friends. Natalie normally has to hibernate each winter, but this year, she's determined to stay awake long enough to have fun with her friends. She is desperate to go sledging and join in with the annual snow-animal building competition. Then she learns from her grandma that once, many years ago, she stayed up all winter - can Natalie persuade her parents to let her go out with her friends when the snow begins to fall?

This is the fourth book in the Bluebell Woods series and I have previously reviewed the third book, Evie's Secret Hideaway and loved it. The series reminds me of Brambly Hedge.

Natalie's Winter Wonderland is just as good as Evie's Secret Hideaway. In this book, the main character is Natalie, a hedgehog who's whole family hibernate during the Winter month, however Natalie wants to delay hibernation to enable her to see snow and take part in the annual snow-animal building competition.

The book introduces children to the idea of hibernation and also to seasons. It is a lovely book to share with children, with nice short chapters that are perfect for reading one before bedtime, but is also at the right level for children to develop their reading skills and begin to read on their own.

The best thing that I love about this range of books is the front cover. The cover page is of Natalie skating but I love the windows you look through. The front cover opens out to be a series of windows, which layer up and create a scene. It looks gorgeous and I think they stand out on book shelves. 

I am already looking forward to the next in the Bluebell Wood series to see which animal we are being introduced to next in the wood.

Thank you to Stripes Publishing for sending me the book to review.

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