Troubador Christmas Steps

Released: 01/07/2012

ISBN: 9781780882048

Format: Paperback

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Christmas Steps

New rhymes for the season

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‘The fairy with excitement shakes,
A fidget of a girl she makes,
Atop the children’s Christmas tree.

This simply scrumptious Christmas Day,
Confection garlands wend their way
Around the children’s Christmas tree.’

Rhymes have always been an integral part of Christmas. Carols are sung in rhyme; every Christmas song we hear on the radio has rhyming lyrics. Mary Ann O’Leary has written her own Christmas-themed collection of poems that are modern but capture the excitement and warmth of Christmas and are full of affection for children.

Tracking the progress of autumn into winter and celebrating the festive customs, the rhymes span a wide variety of topics. Some are humorous, some keen wordplay and some recall the first Christmas.

Easy to narrate, this collection is perfect for children aged 5-18 and is intended to inspire young brains to write in rhyme themselves. Every child loves Christmas and this book celebrates every aspect of it. The months leading up to Christmas Day, the cold weather and shortening days, are nonetheless distinct from the rest of the year. There is unique anticipation, the keeping of traditions – and, for children, the waiting!

These charming rhymes are accompanied by illustrations. The collection is a perfect gift for children not only at Christmas time, but for the whole winter season. Author Mary Ann has been inspired by the poetry of Eleanor Farjeon.

Christmas Steps won the Gold award in the 6-8 year-old category of the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards 2012.

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My little book of rhymes is newly-written for the season loaded with traditions. I have written the poems for ease of reading and narration, focusing on strong rhythmic patterns. Children, in particular, will see how words can be fun as well as a means of communication.

I am sure you will find the verses memorable, with cheering things to say about the dismal days at the end of the year.

I very much hope you will enjoy reading my festive offering. Please do feel free to upload your own review on this page at any time.

Oh, and by the way, let me be the first to say ... A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!

The Bookseller Children's Buyer's Guide, Autumn 2012

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Mary Ann O'Leary

Mary Ann O'Leary was born in Worcestershire and still lives in the north of the county. She was educated at St. Mary's Independent School, Worcester and worked for many years in city centre offices. Her chief enjoyments now apart from writing include listening to 1960s music, reading poetry and whodunits, cycling and travelling. Mary Ann has mixed 20th century British Isles ancestry, having Irish, Welsh and English forbears; from An Uaimh (Navan), Co. Meath; Maerdy and Cardiff, Glamorgan; and Monks Kirby and Pailton, Warwickshire. More or less everybody's relative. She has a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/maryann.oleary.16 and is also on Twitter @MaryAnnOLeary1

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