The Santa Corner by Jakie Rodriguez

Thematically the book focuses on the idea of “sharing is caring” but it extends this moralistic indication to sharing out of and despite one’s human limitations to those underprivileged and in need. “Santa Corner” then becomes a metaphor for charity and selflessness that are to be inculcated at a young age.

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Title: The Santa Corner

Author: Jakie Rodriguez

Publisher: Mascot Books

Date of Publication: 6 December 2016

Genre: Children’s Literature

Rating: 5/5

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Merry Christmas!

Meghyn and Gracie are very close school buddies. Meghyn loves going over to Gracie’s house at playtime. And what do two girlfriends do when they get together? Sure they giggle. And they giggle more.

Amidst the fun filled chaos of stuff toys, dolls, tents and toy trains, Gracie discovers a toy that stands out from the lot. But Meghyn won’t let her play with it. What is this toy and why does Meghyn snatch it away from Gracie? Aren’t they the best of friends ever?

A brightly coloured book of barely thirty pages, The Santa Corner is a great conversation starter with your little one about the joys of playtime, friendship and the toys they own. The book is easy to read and directed at elementary school children who may have just begun to read or are yet in the process of reading seriously in class or at bedtime. With its fabulous illustrations by the very talented Bee L Hannah, the characters of Meghyn and Gracie are brought to the forefront of a striped pink and white background. Thematically the book focuses on the idea of “sharing is caring” but it extends this moralistic indication to sharing out of and despite one’s human limitations to those underprivileged and in need. “Santa Corner” then becomes a metaphor for charity and selflessness that are to be inculcated at a young age. It does not denote merely a corner to put aside their old used toys that they do not enjoy playing with anymore. Keeping in mind the readership group, the language of the book is easy with no difficult vocabulary except perhaps the introduction of a few new words. Most pages have only 2-3 lines. The illustrations cover most of the pages and are done with such accuracy that almost every written word comes to life. “Santa’s letter” and “Santa’s Nice List” (with the names of all good boys and good girls) are put beside a roly poly Santa who sends his helpers only at night to collect the toys. So, much like the tooth fairy, he’s never seen by the kids which only gives them more reason to be curiously attentive about the entire process. Though the book is a fun read for all ages but it is more oriented towards little girls taking their primary education.

Has your letter from Santa arrived in the mail too? Find out.

Sweet, simple and splendid.

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Christmas by the Sea(Surf’s Up) by Beth Wiseman

Racing against time and the final cries of a helpless man, she locks her car and decides to dive into the reckless waters only to realise that it is of little use trying to battle a furious Mother Nature.

Title: Christmas by the Sea( Surf’s Up)

Author: Beth Wiseman

Publisher: Beth Wiseman

Date of Publication: 4 November 2016

Genre: Short Story/ Novella

Rating: 4/5

Nature’s Fury brings together two complete strangers.

A man is drowning in the middle of a raging hurricane. His hands can barely be noticed as he tries to shout for help. As he gets tossed from one end to another by the burgeoning tides, he contemplates dying instead. It is the thought of his little son that makes Parker struggle for life. But how long will he be able to keep his spirits high while his energies vanquish under the engulfing waters?

This short novella of barely fifty pages finds a relieving twist with the arrival of Alex at the rescue site. She makes frantic efforts to call 911. With gushing winds tearing at everything around, she can only manage to guide the operator to her location before the lines go dead. Racing against time and the final cries of a helpless man, she locks her car and decides to dive into the reckless waters only to realise that it is of little use trying to battle a furious Mother Nature. The story gets dense as they get to know and take a liking towards each other while trying to keep alive. The scenic descriptions and intensity of expression is commendable. What is most appealing is the emotional content of the individuals and the situation. Rescue teams eventually arrive but will Alex ever get to know whether Parker made it alive? Will Parker remember his saviour even if he did live through?

Heart touching story of life’s bitter sweet conspiracies.

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