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Saturday, 28 December 2013

GCSE Mathematics (Edexcel) Exam Practice Workbook Higher Level

GCSE Maths Edexcel Exam Practice Workbook with Answers & Online Edn: Higher

This book (plus free online edition) provides comprehensive, realistic exam practice in the style of the Higher Level Edexcel A & B GCSE Maths papers. There's a wide range of questions covering the whole course, with grades to indicate the difficulty level and helpful tips and guidance throughout. Detailed worked solutions are printed at the back of the book, with a complete mark scheme that makes it easy to check your progress. At the end of the book, there are two complete practice exams - and if you're stuck, you can watch online videos of CGP's Maths experts working through these exams. Last but not least, a free online digital edition of the entire book is also included - just use the unique code printed in the book to access it.

A mathematics workbook. It is GCSE higher level and has been written by the Edexcel examination board. Add to this the fantastic CGP publishers and the result is a fantastic resources for GCSE students to ensure their revision is going well.

The book is split into six sections covering the main areas of the mathematics GCSE: Numbers; Algebra; Graphs; Geometry and Measures; Pythagoras and Trigonometry; and Statistics and Probability. Each section has a number of topics within it covering the sylabus. 

One thing to remember about this book is that it is a WORKbook, not a text book. There are not any 'how to' pages or examples to follow. The book is full of questions with marks avaliable shown for each part of the question. The answers are also in the back of the book and the split of the marks avaliable are also given. 

There are also two practice exam papers within the book (one using a calculator and one non calculator paper). 

One very big plus point for this book is that there is an online code in the front of each copy which gives access to online resources. These resources include the examples to these practice papers and have worked solutions to the Practice Papers along with step-by-step video solutions. The online code also gives access to an ebook copy of this workbook.

The start of the book includes two pages on Exam Tips, including golden rules, calculator tips, understanding of command words, functional questions and the quality of written communication. 

Although this book is specifically for Edexcel students I am sure other exam board students would find it useful as revision questions but not all guidance about exam papers etc may be correct for every student due to different exam boards specific requirements.

In summary, a useful book full of mathematics questions to test your understanding of many of the techniques examined at GCSE level.

I received this book through The Amazon Vine Programme.

How to Lose a Lemur by Frann Preston-Gannon

How to Lose a Lemur

By the much-loved author of The Journey Home and Dinosaur Farm. Everyone knows that once a lemur takes a fancy to you there is not much that can be done about it. While being followed by lemurs one day, a boy tries hiding up a tree (without luck), disguising himself (without success) and even tries to sail off in a boat to get away from them - only to discover the lemurs snorkeling behind him. Eventually,after climbing mountains, taking trains and going through the air in a balloon, he finally thinks that he has lost them. Or has he? In the process, he has managed to get himself lost, and it is only then that he realizes that the cunning lemurs might just be helpful after all...

I am sure that this is a question that you must ask yourself at least once a day 'How do I lose that lemur?' and this book has the answer of course! 

The story is fun and children will love it. It has a (small) similarity to 'Going on a bear hunt' which is a firm favourite with children. The illustrations are great, telling the story without the words, which means younger children can also 'read' the story themselves.  There are lots of lemurs throughout the story and children would enjoy counting them on each page, trying to find any that may be hiding - a great game to encourage interaction with the book. 

I really like this author, Frann Preston-Gannon, and would recommend lovers of this book try another of her books Dinosaur Farm 

Thank you to the publishers Anova Books for sending me the book to review.

Step Back In Time by Ali McNamara

Step Back in Time

How many lifetimes would you travel to find a love that lasts for ever? When single career girl Jo-Jo steps onto a zebra crossing and gets hit by a car, she awakes to find herself in 1963. The fashion, the music, her job, even her romantic life: everything is different. And then it happens three more times, and Jo-Jo finds herself living a completely new life in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. The only people she can rely on are Harry and Ellie, two companions from 2013, and George, the owner of a second-hand record store. If she's ever to return from her travels, Jo-Jo must work out why she's jumping through time like this. And if she does make it back, will her old life ever be the same again? Step back in time with this fabulously fun and feed-good comedy of time travel and romance, from the author of From Notting Hill with Love ...Actually

I have read all of Ali McNamara's books and I can honestly say that I have never read a bad one and this one lived up to my high expectations too!! 

The plot line is really clever. I really enjoyed the time travel - it was nothing like Doctor Who, which I really do not like - and fitted well into the story. It is a nice love story, something different to what is in the book charts at the current time. It is a book that you can loose yourself in one weekend and reminisce about times, music and fashions gone by.

There is a clever strand interwoven throughout this story which I picked up a few of the clues but did not get them all, however when I got to the end of the book and it all unraveled I thought it was fantastic! I am sure lots of other readers would of picked up on a lot more of them. It was a great ending to the book and well done to Ali McNamara for all the research and clever techniques used to interweave it all into the story.

This is one of those books that can be picked up and while reading it it brings back lots of memories; the clothes, the hair styles, the music (I would love to have visited George's shop) and the social history - how people lived - all bring back memories off my childhood. 

I must add one thing on the end of this review. I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Reading Copy of this book, which had a slightly different front cover featuring four Jo-Jo's walking across the zebra crossing in the four fashions of the decades she time travels to. I loved the cover on the proof and I am not so keen on the cover chosen for publication. However this has nothing to do with the actual novel and therefore should not sway anyone's opinion on this fantastic read!

Thank you to the publishers, Sphere, for sending me the book to review. 

Alice through the looking glass by Lewis Carroll and illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark

Alice Through the Looking Glass - Best-Loved Classics

The sequel to Alice in Wonderland. Step through the Looking-glass into a topsy-turvy, magical world in this gloriously illustrated picture book re-telling of Lewis Carroll's enduring classic, from the highly-regarded, prize-winning illustrator of Blue Kangaroo and Melrose and Croc. A LUXURIOUS GIFT BOOK THAT NO CHILD'S LIBRARY SHOULD BE WITHOUT! In this magnificent sequel to Alice in Wonderland, Alice walks through a mirror straight into the back-to-front Looking-glass Kingdom. There she meets a collection of even 'curiouser' characters than before; the walrus and the carpenter, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Humpty Dumpty, the White Knight and the Red Queen, to name but a few. But nothing is quite what it seems...

If you are looking to give a gift of a book to a child, this one would be a perfect choice. This hardback edition is a lovely keepsake, one which can be kept to pass on to their children and so on.

The story is the traditional tale, as written by Lewis Carroll, a sequel to Alice in Wonderland. The story is retold in this book and is suitable for older children as there is alot of text on each page, however as the tale is a great story to tell, it is a beautiful edition. 

This edition has been illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark. The illustrations are beautiful. As I have already said, this edition is suitable for a slightly older child and I think that the illustrations will also suit this age of child. There are no Disney, cartoon style illustrations, instead Emma Chichester Clark has drawn beautiful illustrations. The setting looks like any English countryside. Alice looks life like and an ordinary girl who could be seen walking down any street. The rest of the characters are also well drawn, no cartoon animals in sight, instead look realistic and life like with that extra special Lewis Carroll magic woven in throughout each character.

This is definitely a book to give as a special present, as a keepsake, one which will put on a shelf and taken down to look at and share at every opportunity for children aged 7+.

Thank you to the publishers, Harper Collins Children's Books, for sending me the book to review.

Check out this video of the illustrator, Emma Chichester Clark, talking about this project: 

Octopus's Garden by Ringo Starr and Ben Cort

Octopus's Garden

Based on the lyrics of the world famous Beatles song, this glorious picture book follows five children on a magical journey through the Octopus's garden. The playful Octopus takes them on a wondrous underwater adventure - riding on the backs of turtles, playing pirates in a sunken city and sheltering from a storm in the octopus's cave.

Written by Ringo Starr, this book has been based on the popular Beatles song lyrics. It is a fantastic book which children will love looking at (or listening to , as the hardback copy I have has a CD included which has the song and the book narrated by Ringo Starr himself, although whenever I hear his voice I expect to see Thomas the Tank Engine and the Fat Controller). The illustrations throughout the book are brilliant - they are bright and cheerful and would look brilliant on any children's bedroom. I especially love the page where all the sea anemones are, it would look perfect with a little glitter spread throughout too.

An interesting feature to the book is that not all the double page spreads are landscape, some have to be turned to portrait to read the words, something I have not seen in many books, and I thought it was just a little bit different. 

It is a good book for Beatles fans to give to children or for any one who wants to pass on a great story with a strong rhythm and easy for children to join in with.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster Children's Books for sending me the book to review.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Silent Night by Jack Sheffield

Silent Night

1984 - and it's an important time for the children of Ragley-on-the Forest school...Their school choir is to sing a carol in a church in York, and is actually going to be on television! Helping to keep his excited children, not to mention their parents, under control during these momentous events taxes jack and his staff to the limit. And at the same time, Jack has his own problems to deal with...

This is the eighth book in the popular series written by Jack Sheffield. Set in a village school in Ragley on the Forest, the head teacher, Mr Sheffield, is set for a new school year at Ragley School while his wife, Beth sets her sights on a new challenge for either herself or Jack at a larger school.

I usually look forward to the next installment at Ragley school each January, however this year it came out a month earlier, and I eagerly devoured it. As usual, Sheffield's writing is fantastic, as he writes his 'alternative school logbook'.  Although the logbook is for the school, villagers are always popping in and out of storylines and I enjoy past characters popping in, catching up on gossip and going about their daily lives. And as ever, although this book is fiction, it is a great account of social history as Sheffield ensures the villagers of Ragley celebrate current trends and react to news stories from 1984.

There is a double wedding this year - the two binmen; Big Dave Robinson and Little Malcolm Robinson both marry and Ruby, the school's caretaker, has a bench to remember her husband, Ron Smith, installed on the village green. There is an Elvis competition in the village hall and a Belly Dancing for Beginners class is held in the Coffee Shop for Ragley's Ladies. 

As ever there is a busy life within Ragley and I love revisiting the village each year. The books can easily be read as standalone stories however I really enjoy it as a series. They are easy to loose yourself in one Sunday afternoon, where characters become old friends. Sheffield has done lots of research for these books, each one a record of a life not only in Ragley, but the highlights of British history, social trends and news stories of the time.  This one is set in the back drop of Thatcher's Britain and the miner's strikes.

In this book, there is a shift in the power dynamics of Jack and Beth's marriage. Beth wants more from life, a bigger house etc, but to get this, one of them needs a promotion - however village headteachers can not progress higher in their own schools or villages but must look to towns or cities for a new school. Jack does not want to make this promotion, settled as he is in Ragley and therefore it is Beth who steps up for promotion, which in itself is history in the making with females not being offered such promotions in 1984.

As ever, village life within Ragley is full on highs and lows, but throughout it all, the children are the heart of the village and their little outbursts and words of wisdom litter the story, which will leave the reader laughing out loud at a moments notice. 

In summary, Jack Sheffield has written another fantastic installment in Ragley School's alternative logbook and I am already looking forward to the next installment already!

Thank you to the publishers, Bantam Press, for sending me the book to review.

Christmas at Carrington's by Alexandra Brown

Christmas at Carrington's

A deliciously indulgent read and the follow up to Cupcakes at Carrington's. Set in Carrington's Department Store this is perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan. Georgie Hart loves Christmas time at Carrington's Department store. Running the luxury handbag department, Georgie adores helping customers in the hunt for the perfect gift for the perfect someone. And this year is no exception - now she has the hunky Tom, Mr Carrington himself, to spend the special day with. But when Tom springs a surprise, Georgie's plans are thrown into chaos. Carrington's is getting a fresh lease of life in a hot new reality TV show, featuring formidable retail guru, Kelly Cooper. As the first show airs, Georgie is shown in a far from flattering light. Worse is to come when Kelly's vile daughter appears to get her claws into Tom. Georgie fears this will be the worst Christmas ever, but Santa still has a little surprise for her stocking this year - she'll just have to wait until Christmas to find out...

I first visited the the Carrington's department store last year. Cupcakes at Carrington's was author, Alexandra Brown's, debut novel and was one that I enjoyed immensely leaving me eagerly waiting the next installment in the promised trilogy and again, Alexandra Brown has delivered a brilliant novel.

Christmas at Carrington's finds us back at Carrington's, Georgie is happy in the beginnings of her relationship with Mr Carrington and looking forward to Christmas. However, a reality TV show lands in Carrington's and day to day life for both the store and the staff is not the same again.

I had saved this book to read over Christmas and I was not disappointed. it was great to go back through the doors of Carrington's and catching up with staff members. As well as regular characters from book 1, there are new characters, mainly from the production company who are making the programme; most of whom I had an instant dislike to.  I was upset that Tom Carrington's relationship with Georgie did not continue through the book, however with many hunky actors walking Carrington's shop floor I was hopefully one would catch her eye. It was great to see that Sam, owner of the cafe, and Georgie's closest friend also featured heavily within the book, never far from Georgie's side. 

Although this book has Christmas in the title, most of the story is not festive - the grand finale is the Christmas party but it could be read at anytime of the year and enjoyed.  All the beautiful and expensive bags that Georgie sells would make a great shopping list for any bagaholic! 

There is lots of humour throughout the story, Eddie, Mr Carrington's personal assistant, provides much of this and I would love to meet him. He reminds me of Are you being served? - I imagine him as a cross between Mrs Slocambe and Mr Humphries. His scenes  always left me with a smile on my face. 

Alexandra Brown has written a fantastic second novel. She has continued to bring Carrington's to life and has managed to include Britain's love of docu soaps and fly on the wall documentaries within the book.  However, there are also great storylines outside of Carrington's: Georgie's relationship with her father and Sam's desire for a baby to name two. 

The third installment, Ice Cream at Carrington's, is due for release in June 2014 - I will be placing this on my 'Books to look forward to in 2014' list. There are so many directions that this could go in and I look forward to seeing what Alexandra has planned for Georgie, Sam and Tom!

This book is the second book in the trilogy and I would recommend reading Cupcakes at Carrington's first, however it is possible to read this as a standalone book if preferred. 

The book finishes with a number of delicious sounding recipes from Sam's cafe and also Georgie's guide to the perfect festive party. I love when the book contains extras written by the characters.

Thank you to the publishers, Harper Collins and Net Galley, for providing me with a copy of the book to review.

The Big Hearted Book by Nicholas Allan

The Big Hearted Book

Babette and Bill are joined by a ribbon of hearts. They are always together through thick and thin. But when Babette falls ill, the two friends are parted and they are both broken hearted. Until they discover that even when they can't see the ribbon of hearts it is always there pulling them together. Warm, poignant and funny, this book is a wonderful celebration of friendship. A sensitive and beautifully told story written in association with the International Children's Heart Foundation that will touch anyone affected by illness. The mission of the International Children's Heart Foundation is to bring the skills, technology and knowledge to diagnose and care for children with congenital heart disease to developing countries. 'Endlessly inventive, Nicholas Allan knows just what appeals to young children.' Parents in Touch

Nicholas Allan has written a number of children's books, all of them fantastically written and have a great message within the story. This book has been written and published in support of The International Children's Heart Foundation.

The book tells the story of a friendship between a dog and a girl, who spend all their time together and do things together. Babette usually looks after Bill (the dog) but when she feels unwell and ends up in hospital, both are heart broken. However, the invisible ribbon of hearts that keep them together is never broken. A true story of friendship. It does not however, have the usual humour you expect from a Nicholas Allan storybook, instead it has a more serious message.  The story is accompanied by great illustrations, also by Nicholas Allan. 

I would recommend this as a great book to give as a gift. It is also a good resource which could be used to discuss friendship or a relative in hospital or of ill health and one which raises the profile of a worthwhile charity.

I received this book through the Amazon Vine Programme.

What does the Fox Say? by Ylvis

What Does the Fox Say?

Dog goes woof. Cat goes meow. Bird goes tweet, and mouse goes squeak...But what does the fox say? Ylvis started working with the illustrator for this book before they had even uploaded the video to Youtube as they felt it had the potential to become an interesting book as well. As they say "The level of detail in Svein's drawings make the book fun to read over and over. Hopefully kids will enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed making it."

If, like me, you have primary school age children, the latest YouTube sensation, Ylvis and their catchy 'song', What does the fox say?, will have been going around your head for ages. Ylvis has joined forces with Svein Nyhis who has created the illustrations throughout the book, depicting all the animals within the song. 

The book is really just the song words to the song, which most children learn very quickly. I would not pick it up as a story book to read at storytime because the reader can not help but break into tune as they read the book aloud. The illustrations are not the usually friendly children's images, the animals have a strange style which I am not sure children will recognise. My nine year old son was not impressed with the illustrations. 

In summary, I would not buy this book as a story to share with children at story time, instead I would buy it as a gift for fans of the song or for children to look at when listening to the song.

Thank you to the publishers, Simon and Schuster Children's Books, for sending me the book to review.

The unbelievable top secret diary of pig by Emer Stamps

The Unbelievable Top-Secret Diary of Pig

We love Pig (we can't help it), but Pig loves Farmer, and he can't help it either. After all, Farmer gives Pig yummy slops and special back scratches, and calls him Sausage and seems to love him more, the fatter he gets. Just as well Pig doesn't speak any Farmer. But Duck does (Duck's clever like that), and he's determined his best friend should know the truth. This is tough for Pig. But Pig won't just sit there and weep (though we may do, on his behalf), because there's help from an unexpected quarter: the Evil Chickens have a plan...

This book is one of those that can be read by children and adults alike and each will get something different from it, but both will end up laughing until tears run from their eyes!

I love the style of the book - it looks like a notebook, with doodles on the cover and a handwritten text story, accompanied by fantastic pencil sketch illustrations.

The book would be suitable for children who are gaining confidence in reading alone but still like to have pictures breaking up big chunks of text. However, younger children will also enjoy listening to others reading them the story. It is definitely a book to share with others, otherwise they will keep asking why you are giggling out loud constantly throughout the book!

This is the ideal gift to give to a child, however I am sure it won't be long until the rest of the family will soon be reading it too!!

Thank you to the publishers for sending me the book to review.

Mad about you - Sinead Moriarty

Mad About You

"The inevitable comparisons with Marian Keyes are justified and well deserved - Moriarty's characters are likeable, well developed and funny". (Heat). Sinead Moriarty's riveting new novel, Mad About You, will make every reader stop and think about the importance of trust in relationships - how fragile it can be, how easily damaged, how hard to repair. Sinead combines the storytelling genius of Jodi Picoult, and the compassion and humour of Marian Keyes, in a gripping story of contemporary marriage. Emma and James Hamilton have weathered lots of storms in their ten-year marriage. From the heartbreak of infertility, to the craziness of then becoming parents to two babies in one year, to coping with James losing his job, somehow they have always worked as a team. However, the pressure of moving from Dublin to London for James' new job - away from familiar surroundings and the family Emma loves - puts them under stress like never before. So when James starts getting texts from a stranger - texts that show startling insights into their lives - Emma is not sure what to think. She is far from home, isolated and before long finds herself questioning everything about their relationship. Maybe those texts are telling her the truth and the life she believed to be solid and secure is just a mirage. Somehow she has to get a grip, but how can she do that when a stranger is set on driving Emma out of her home and her marriage? "One of the brightest voices in modern women's fiction". (Bella). Sinead Moriarty lives with her family in Dublin. Her previous titles are: The Baby Trail; A Perfect Match; From Here to Maternity; In My Sister's Shoes; Keeping It In the Family (also titled Whose Life is it Anyway?); Pieces of My Heart , Me and My Sisters and This Child of Mine.

Sinead Moriarty is another of my favourite authors and I look forward to her new releases each year. It was great to pick up this latest release and be reacquainted with Emma and James Hamilton from Sinead's earlier novels, The Baby Trail and From Here to Maternity. A couple struggling to conceive and who adopted a young son from overseas. 

We return to the Hamilton family, Emma, James, their adopted son and their biological daughter. At the start of the book the family have moved from Dublin to London, a move due to James' new job, training London Irish rugby team. It is great to see that Moriarty has acknowledged the difficulties and emotional wrench in moving away from family and the security of Emma's group of friends.

Emma has a sister, Babs, who lives in London and is the host on a makeover programme. She manages to get Emma a job as the programme's make up artist. Although this is great for Emma, she has to consider childcare and the immediate start on the job leaves Emma feeling guilty about not being there to settle her children into their new nursery. A neighbour mentions that a friends daughter is looking for work and is good with children. After interviewing for a nanny, it is decided to go with the daughter of a friends friend. The story continues, the children and the nanny are both happy, Emma has her job which she is enjoying, and James is working hard to get the London Irish rugby team to win their first game. 

It is during this time that Emma receives a parcel containing an intimate gift and a worrying note. Could James be playing away? Emma continues to receive these personal gifts, along with disturbing anonymous text messages. Would James really be playing away or is malice involved?

I really enjoyed this book and although I guessed the identity of person sending the parcels and text messages quite early on, it did not ruin the rest of the book. I really believe that Moriarty has written a very real story. The feelings of the whole family have been portrayed from day one when they uprooted from Ireland to live in London. The effect of Emma beginning a new job, meaning the children had a nanny to take them to and from a new nursery, family life being disrupted, James working very long hours, the doubt in Emma's life, which affected more than just Emma and James. It sends the reader on a roller coaster of emotions, who should they give their support to? and who is in the wrong?  There are many of the pitfalls of modern day family life throughout this story and reminds the reader of the real values of family life.  

There are lots of times of humour littered throughout the story, which is something Moriarty does brilliantly although they do not take anything away from the real story - one of family life and all the temptations that exist in the outside world. 

Thank you to Penguin Ireland who sent me an ARC through a Goodreads giveaway and Netgalley.

Take a Look at Me Now by Miranda Dickinson

Take a Look at Me Now

How far would you go to make a new start? Heart-warming and romantic, Take a Look at Me Now will make you laugh, cry and cheer Nell on from start to finish. What a difference a day makes...Nell Sullivan has always been known as 'Miss Five-Year Plan'. But when she finds herself jobless and newly single on the same day, Nell decides it is time to stop planning and start taking chances. Nell blows her redundancy cheque on a trip of lifetime to a place where anything is possible - San Francisco. There she meets a host of colourful characters, including the intriguing and gorgeous Max. Very soon the city begins to feel like Nell's second home. But when it's time to return to London, will she leave the 'new Nell' behind? And can the magic of San Francisco continue to sparkle thousands of miles away?

I really enjoy Miranda Dickinson's books and look forward to her new releases each year. Her books are well written, with a good storyline throughout the book. 

This book starts with, what many people would say was their worst nightmare. Nell has recently split up with her long term boyfriend, who is also her boss at work, and when she is called into his office one morning, does not expect to be told she, along with many of her work colleagues, is being made redundant. She decides to visit her cousin in San Francisco for eight weeks and forget all her problems until she returns. What she didn't expect, was to meet Max and when she leaves for home, she also leaves a piece of her heart. After her return home, Nell decides to follow her dreams of opening her own restaurant/diner and when help arrives from a surprising source she does not expect what happens next.

I have never been to San Francisco and have never really known anything about the city or surrounding area, however after reading and loosing myself in the book I found myself wanting to know more about the area. This was due to the infectious storytelling style of Dickinson's writing. I enjoyed Nell's travels around the area and would love to visit there myself one day.

The story was well written, with strong characters throughout. The storytelling is fantastic and I really enjoyed the tours around San Francisco and the descriptions of the mysterious pavement art which regularly appears around the city. 

Having met Miranda at a local book signing and watching her vlogs online I can hear Miranda throughout the book.. Her infectious laughter and excited chat is throughout the story.

I have recommended this book to lots of my friends and I recommend it to all my blog readers too - it is a fantastic read! Miranda Dickinson is a fantastic author and she brings a smile to my face every time I pick up one of her books.

I received this book through Netgalley. 

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

This classic story of Sophie and her extraordinary tea-time guest has been loved by millions of children since it was first published over 40 years ago. Now celebrate the 90th birthday of Judith Kerr OBE with this beautiful slipcase gift edition of the timeless classic.

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!

This modern classic picture book is perfect for reading aloud, or for small children to read to themselves time and again. This beautifully packaged and giftable slipcase edition is the perfect way to celebrate the timeless appeal of this classic book.

The Tiger who came to tea is a favourite story book for children of all ages and this beautiful slipcase hardback edition has been published to celebrate the author, Judith Kerr's, 90th birthday.

The slipcase makes the book look even more expensive and would make a beautiful present to mark a birth, a christening or birthday.

The book was originally written and published back in 1968. Judith has both written the story and drawn all the illustrations within the book. The story is still today as popular as it was 45 years ago. Neither the story nor the illustrations look or sound dated. The illustrations are brightly coloured and look fantastic. 

This is a beautiful book which and is a gift that can be shared at special times and kept until adult years and be read to their own children.

I received this book from the publishers, Harper Collins Children's Books, in return for an honest review.