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I have been looking on, this evening, at a merry company of children assembled round that pretty German toy, a Christmas Tree. The tree was planted in the middle of a great round table, and towered high above their heads. It was brilliantly lighted by a multitude of little tapers; and everywhere sparkled and glittered with bright objects.
These gorgeous padded Christmas board books, beautifully illustrated by Tony Hutchings, feature two lovable characters, Teddy and Tinker the squirrel. Teddy wants to be a snowman so that all the children will play with him. Will a woolly scarf and a carrot nose be enough for him to become a Snow Teddy? Tinker the squirrel wished that his dull brown tree was as bright and wonderful as the Christmas tree in his storybook. Can wishes really come true?
A Christmas story written by Charles Dickens where he reflects about an old Christmas tree from his childhood. This version of the story features a small biography of Dickens in the beginning.
HETHERINGTON wasn't half a bad sort of a fellow, but he had his peculiarities, most of which were the natural defects of a lack of imagination. He didn't believe in ghosts, or Santa Claus, or any of the thousands of other things that he hadn't seen with his own eyes, and as he walked home that rather chilly afternoon just before Christmas and found nearly every corner of the highway decorated with bogus Saints, wearing the shoddy regalia of Kris-Kringle, the sight made him a trifle irritable. He had had a fairly good luncheon that day, one indeed that ought to have mellowed his disposition materially, but which somehow or other had not so resulted. In fact, Hetherington was in a state of raspy petulance that boded ill for his digestion, and when he had reached the corner of Forty-second Street and Fifth Avenue, the constant iteration and reiteration of these shivering figures of the god of the Yule had got on his nerves to such an extent as to make him aggressively quarrelsome. He had controlled the asperities of his soul tolerably well on the way uptown, but the remark of a small child on the highway, made to a hurrying mother, as they passed a stalwart-looking replica of the idol of his Christmas dreams, banging away on a tambourine to attract attention to the iron pot before him, placed there to catch the pennies of the charitably inclined wayfarer-"Oh, mar, there's Sandy Claus now!"-was too much for him.
Biff, Chip and Kipper Stories: Decode and Develop More A are exciting new titles in the Oxford Reading Tree series. These wordless stories continue to provide storylines full of humour and drama, with familiar settings and all your favourite characters with some new friends for Biff, Chip and Kipper. Specifically written to enable your child to engage with the story and discuss the pictures with confidence, preparing them for their first steps as readers. The inside cover notes provide advice to help adults read and explore the story with the child, supporting their language comprehension development. Accompanying free Group/Guided Reading notes are available online at www.oxfordprimary.co.uk. Each story has individual giving advice on phonics, and suggested activities for Group/Guided Reading, Independent Reading, Writing and Speaking, listening and drama. Parents can also visit www.oxfordowl.co.uk for practical advice, helpful information about phonics, lots of fun activities and free eBooks. Each Mixed Pack includes one of each of the Stage 1 titles. The Class Pack includes six of each of the Stage 1 titles.
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