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Once Upon a Magical Christmas Eve: A Little Christmas Eve Magic Brought to You by the Great-granddaughters of Arthur Ransome Hardcover – Illustrated, 19 Oct 2012


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  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur H.Stockwell Ltd (19 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722342233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722342237
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 544,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A truly lovely and beautifully illustrated book written through the eyes of a child. Adults and children alike will love this book and it's just the right length for bedtime!!' 'A magical, beautifully written and fantastically illustrated Christmas story for children and adults alike.' 'This is a beautifully written and illustrated little book showing the magic of Christmas through the eyes of a child. A great read, and a great stocking filler!'

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The author, Suzie Heel, and the illustrator, her sister Sally Stride, are the great-granddaughters of Arthur Ransome, the author of 'Swallows and Amazons';. This is the tale of the author's personal experience of her brave, but questionable, decision to see Father Christmas on Christmas Eve and the outcome of her venture. The motivation for this story was to capture the magic of a childhood experience and share it with both children and adults alike. To revisit a time in the writer's life when she truly believed in magic, when the world felt a safe place and the concept of Christmas was breathtakingly exciting. It is hoped, for those who read the story and enjoy the accompanying illustrations, they might find awakened special and individual memories, open of course, to personal interpretation. The special Christmas Eve magic was established many generations ago and preserved beautifully by the author's mother Hazel, the secrets handed down to the author's mother from her grandmother Tabitha, and her great-grandmother Ivy before her. The author has indeed stayed true to family tradition to ensure her own children experienced the exhilaration and delight that Christmas magic can bring.

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Ah!..What a delightful book....I begger anyone to deny that they did this...At our pre chistmas family gathering, after the walk in the cold freshness of Sunday's North Downs, whilst crumpets and cake was being bought from the kitchen for tea, I read this book to the grandchildren and the parents in attendance. We loved it for it evoked our own childhood memories of "looking for Santa". We laughed and talked and the children asked questions. A splendid Sunday due to a splendid read...A delightful book indeed.....
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Brilliant Book for children. Written in Queen's English. I learn new words myself. Illustaration is really good 5*. My daughter went to bed because of this book otherwise she will be up waiting for Santa. The book is calm and after reading the story you definately go threw the book in your sleep. Test of childhood memory for grown ups !!!
Well done ! Can't wait & Best wishes for Second Book !!
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Ordered this book for my 4 year old niece on the strength of the reviews. What a disappointment.

The language used is not at all suitable for small children. I'm all for developing her vocabulary but this book goes too far and would be more suited to much older children. Set straight back for a refund.
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This is a story that all adults will be in tune with and be happy to read with young children. It's about a little girl and her excitement of Christmas and the questions and preparation for the arrival of Father Christmas,and what may happen if you see him! A lovely present for any child or perhaps yourself.
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By shane on 15 Jan. 2013
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I wish i was younger and this book had been baught for me, never mind I still got my goddaughter to read it to me. Its one of those stories kids want read to them over and over, lets hope there is another book so I can stop all pestering me for when am i getting the next one.
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I bought this book for my Grandson and he absolutely loved it. It transports you back to your own childhood and the wonderful feelings of excitement and anticipation waiting for Santa to arrive. A brilliant buy and great stocking filler. Well done Suzie. Janet Gale.x
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I would recommend this book i love reading it to my son. He enjoys the story and all of the illustrations. It is a must buy. Cant wait for December to come so I can get the book back out and read it to him again. Thank you for writing such a lovely book :-)
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A magical, beautifully written and fantastically illustrated christmas story for children and adults alike. I have recommended this delight to everyone. Such a wonderful christmas story at a bargain of a price. A lovely christmas stocking treasure.
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