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Christmas Eve at The Mellops’, written by Tomi Ungerer

Christmas Eve at the MellopsI recently read an article on the Icelandic tradition of gifting a book on Christmas Eve and then spending the evening reading it. Isn’t it such a lovely idea? The thought of each of us cosying up on Christmas Eve with the fire lit and the tree lights sparkling, reading a new book is just perfect to me. It is a tradition which I’d like to begin this year and with so many gorgeous Christmassy books out there it’s such an easy tradition to adopt.

One book I recently picked up from Caramel Baby & Child is Christmas Eve at The Mellop’s. It’s a rather quirky read with such a fine moral. When each of the young Mellop pigs decide to spring a surprise on their father in finding a tree for the house they are dismayed upon their return only to find their father already has one. They make a group decision to gift their trees to the hospital, to the local orphanage and to the prison. However, each of these places already has one. It’s only until they come across a poor child in the street who’s family is less fortunate and so the pigs find the finest place for the trees.

Written and illustrated by French man Tomi Ungerer the illustrations are bold and humorous, and his use of only three colours gives the book a warm calming spirit.

Still available from Caramel Baby & Child and also from Amazon (US) and Amazon (UK).

Happy Holidays!!
Vanessa xx


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