Sylvester and the New Year by Eduard MörikeShe finds it hard to grasp the concept that her birthday is next year when it is only a few weeks away. The book is a lovely size with many more pages in it than I expected. The pages are strong and of high quality, with each one beautifully illustrated. I enjoyed sitting down with Miss M in the evenings to read this magical tale, it is perfect for this time of year, with a festive feel to it — although Miss M did ask if Sylvester was Santa at one point with his long white beard!! It has given Miss M a better understanding of the concept that as one year goes, a new year comes in and she did enjoy the magical tale that went with it. I think this is a really enjoyable story to sit down to read especially in the run up to New Year and has a traditional feel to it without being dated. I look forward to reading this many more times with Miss M on the run up to her 5 th Birthday at New Year!!
Sylvester and the New Year – children’s book review
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Emmeline Pidgen is an award-winning illustrator creating books, advertising, graphic narrative, and editorial illustration. On a cold winter's day, Eduard Morike takes a walk with the young daughter of his friend. While stumping through the snow he tells her the story of Sylvester and the New Year. This story left a lasting impression on the young girl. When she was an adult, she wrote it down and so it has been passed on, thus creating a new tradition - the reading of this book on New Year's Eve. Inspired by this tale, Far Far Away has created a new version that will be enjoyed by our readers, regardless of their age. Although this tale is not listed in Morike's works, most experts agree that it is from him.