Outlook Issue 16 Spring 2012
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Young readers spoilt for choice
Junior Outlook Young readers spoilt for choice Although we are remembering the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter, the message is sometimes obscured by many other ancient traditions, all associated in some way with new birth - the bunnies, eggs, parades, spring flowers... and the Easter bonnet. Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day by Amy de la Haye and Emily Sutton is the most beautiful book! It is full of wonderfully detailed illustrations, so there’s something to pore over for hours. Many of the pictures are recognisable scenes from the Victoria and Albert Museum, which has published this book and is where much of the story takes place. The story is charming too. A little girl called Clara loves dressing up, and she particularly likes making hats. She treasures a hat left to her by her grandma but one day Clara’s brother accidently tears it. To distract the children from this upset, Clara’s mum takes them all out for a day at the museum. Clara decides to take the damaged hat along in case she can find someone in the museum to repair it. The book is a beautiful gift and something to treasure. Grandmas, mothers, aunts and friends will all love sharing this with girls aged seven and under. It will particularly appeal to anyone who delights in the museum entrance hall with its magnificent chandelier, or the William Morris room in the restaurant, as these are gloriously represented in the story. If you would like to remind the younger members of your family about the Christian message of Easter there are a number of books presenting the story in a clear and attractive format, some priced at just a couple of pounds. My current favourite is The First Easter by Lois Rock, sensitively illustrated by Sophie Allsopp and published by Lion at £7.99. Or you might consider The Lion Classic Bible (£12.99 in paperback) which we’ve mentioned here before. Written by local author Andrea Skevington it has recently been shortlisted for the 2012 Christian Book Awards. In fact, you are spoilt for choice if you are considering a book as an Easter gift alongside the chocolate this year! Catherine Larner, Young Browsers Bookshop