By Author / Illustrator
Mick Jackson, Victoria Ball
Walker Books Ltd
Mabel Taylor has a new red sledge. Just look at it! It has a rope for pulling it round and a shiny bottom to make it go extra-fast...
When Mabel Taylor receives a shiny red sledge for Christmas, she can't wait to try it out! But ... oh. No snow. No snow at all. And there's no snow the next day, either ... or the next. So, instead, Mabel imagines herself on the most extraordinary of adventures, becoming a bobsleigh champion, a polar explorer, and even Father Christmas! And just when she's stopped waiting and watching for the snow to fall, her world is transformed by a thick blanket of brilliant white...
Brimming over with the joy of imaginary and outdoor play, this is a timeless winter storybook penned by a Booker-shortlisted writer.
I was initially skeptical about this book as I was not drawn to the illustration on the front cover. However, I read it to the reception children in my school, who took great delight in listening to it and guessing what the red sledge could become. The look on their faces when Mabel became Father Christmas was delightful.
This story gave the opportunity for lots of discussion and chatter about the excitement of Christmas, and the joy that a snowy day can bring to young children. Maybe you should never judge a book by it's cover!
Picture book / Reviewed by Ashley Clayton, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 3+