The Aussie ABC Christmas by Nancy Bevington
Published by New Frontier
Date: October 2018
The Aussie ABC Christmas is a lovely Alphabet book and a beautiful representation of how Australians celebrate the holiday season. Most Australians can relate to angels, beaches, carols, pavlova’s and ice-cream, which are part of our hot summer days.
What I find endearing about this book is that the pictures consistently capture iconic Australian traditions and items. These include wreaths but made out of eucalyptus, an ornament filled Hills Hoist, the Aussie BBQ, and the car packed to the brim for summer holiday break. I am sure we can all relate to at least one of these things, mine being summer BBQ’s.
The illustrations are endearing, fresh and well layered. One of my favourite pictures in the book is Santa putting a jar or Vegemite into someone’s stocking. The picture is so subtle that I almost missed seeing that part, however, looking over the pages several times I found different treasures each time.
This book is a great for learning the alphabet and identifying items that begin with that letter; such as S is for Santa who is riding in a Sleigh in the Starry Sky.
I’ll be honest, even though alphabet books are educational I am not normally a huge fan of them, most likely because I find them difficult to read to a group and keep the children engaged. In saying that, I find this book particularly endearing and recognise that it would make a lovely one on one story session with a children and a good way to celebrate Christmas.
Thank you New Frontier for the opportunity to read and honestly review this book.