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Here are some great festive gift ideas and ideal holiday reading. There is something for everyone in this list, from children’s stories to adorable photos of “underwater dogs” and a recipe book for South Africans on the go.
 
Just Right for Christmas
One snowy Christmas Eve, the king buys some soft red cloth to make a cloak for the little princess. Little does he know that the left-over cloth will be used to make presents for many more of the kingdom’s inhabitants, right down to the last teeny bit of cloth, which is just right to make a scarf that will protect the smallest mouse from the winter chill. The rhythmical writing from author Birdie Black and heart-warming, charming illustrations from renowned Rosalind Beardshaw make this lovely story with a perfect Christmas message a joy to give to your loved ones. Even children from as young as nine months will find this acclaimed Christmas tale that celebrates the joy of giving, appealing.
By Birdie Black and Rosalind Beardshaw, Published by Nosy Crow (R92)
 
My Fairytale Dream Palace
Petal, Poppy, Rose and Acorn are off to a magical sleepover inside the Sweet Dreams Fairytale Castle. Join them as they tiptoe through Sleeping Beauty’s Chamber, discover Rapunzel’s tower, explore the Wolf’s garden maze and enjoy a midnight feast inside Cinderella’s kitchen. There are stories to read, teeth to brush and plenty of beds to curl up in – especially if you don’t mind heights, or peas. But with this much to see, how will anyone fall asleep? This is a glittering 3D fairy castle with an amazing story, packed with fairytale references and press-out characters. The book turns into a magical, pop-up fairytale palace. This is a book of dreams and imaginative play for girls from the age of three.
By Maggie Bateson and Louise Comfort, Published by Macmillan Children’s Books (R216)
 
J. Smith
This is a charming edition of the previously unpublished and delightful tale, J. Smith by Fougasse, from the Royal Collection. Published in the year of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, this miniature work was originally created for the library of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House in 1922. The dollhouse, the largest and most famous of its kind in the world, has a library containing works by all the major writers and artists of the day. J. Smith is the magical story of a fairy that was blown out of Fairyland into 1920s London. This luxurious gift edition is beautifully bound, gilt-edged and has a ribbon bookmark. Witty illustrations and tongue-in-cheek verse make this exquisite book a delight for children and adults alike.
By Fougasse, Published by Walker Books (R150)
 
My First Bible Storybook
Seventy-one of the best-loved Bible stories have been selected and bring the Bible to life for the very young. Staying close and faithful to the Bible text itself, the stories are presented in a way young listeners and readers will find easy to understand. Each page and story has fun, full-colour illustrations. True to the Bible, it starts with the story of the creation, covers most of the main parts of the Old Testament such as Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, the story of Jacob and Esau, the Ten Commandments, Samson, David and Goliath and Daniel. It also includes the New Testament starting with the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary, the birth of Jesus, ending with Revelations 4 and 21.
Published by Lux Verdi (R170)
 
iGirl – My Keepsake
This is the perfect little companion for little girls to keep and create a one-of-a-kind booklet that’s all about her. iGirl is filled with fun questions, quizzes and doodle space to document likes and dislikes, write about her social life, include information on her family, pen her dreams and secrets and more. Information that can be included are ‘my motto’, ‘a movie about me, starring me’, ins and outs at home such as curfew and rules, a friendship quiz to learn more about what kind of friend she is, crushes and loves, feelings about love, jot down things she has done and what she prefers, share her wishes, hopes and dreams and what she wants to accomplish in life.
By Isabel and Emily Lluch, Published by WS Publishing Group (R53)
 
The Ultimate Book of Heroic Failures
Anyone can be a success, but it takes real and original genius to foul up big time. These are the all-time greats, the gods in our field, the surreal artists, who spurn mere drab success to explore the vast, magical, life-enhancing possibilities of getting it wrong. These are the immortals. Stephen Pile, president of The Not Terribly Good Club of Great Britain and author of The Book of Heroic Failures, returns after a quarter of a century’s intensive study to celebrate the most spectacular advances in the golden age through which we have just lived. Sanity and happiness come from embracing catastrophe and applauding it. This is the ultimate book to make you feel better about the world around you.
By Stephen Pile, Published by Faber and Faber (R97)
 
Emerald Star
This is a fantastic new adventure for brave, feisty Hetty Feather – one of Jacqueline Wilson’s most loved characters. Since leaving the Foundling Hospital, Hetty has seen her fair share of drama, excitement, tragedy and loss. After the death of her beloved ‘mama’, she sets off to find a real home at last, starting with the search for her father. But Hetty is no longer just a simple country girl, and begins to fear she’ll never truly belong anywhere. And even when she is reunited with her beloved childhood sweetheart Jem, Hetty still longs for adventure, especially when an enchanting, strange figure from her past makes an unexpected reappearance. Could a more exciting and happy future lie ahead for Hetty?
By Jacqueline Wilson, Published by Doubleday Children’s Books (R207)
 
Seraphina
The kingdom of Goredd is populated by humans and by dragons that fold themselves into a human form. Though they live alongside each other, the peace between them is uneasy. When a member of the royal family is murdered, and the crime appears to have been committed by a dragon, the peace between both worlds is seriously threatened. Into this comes Seraphina, a gifted musician who joins the royal court as the assistant to the court composer. She is drawn into the murder investigation and, as she uncovers a sinister plot to destroy the peace in Goredd for good, finds herself caught desperately in the middle of the tension. This book is recommended for 12 to 17 year olds.  
By Rachel Hartman, Published by Random House (R167)
 
Guinness World Records 2013
Who is smaller, the new shortest man or the heaviest new-born baby? Who weighs more, the largest donkey or the heaviest hot dog? What’s the biggest killer, the largest shark or the most dangerous road? Who’d win in a race, the world’s fastest man or the new fastest sheep? South Africa also gets a mention: The fynbos plant ecosystem exclusive to the Cape floral region has more than 600 species of heather (Erica). Only 26 species of heather occur in the rest of the world. And with 11 of them, South Africa has the most official languages. Also new for 2013 – download the free Augmented Reality app to see records come to life in amazing 3D.
Published by Guinness World Records Limited (R155)
 
Underwater Dogs
From the water’s surface it’s a simple exercise: a dog’s leap, a splash and then a wet head surfacing with a ball, triumphant. But beneath the water is a chaotic ballet of bared teeth and bubbles, paddling paws, and billowing fur and ears. From Labradors to Dachshund, the water is where a dog’s personality shines through; some lounge in the current, but others arch their bodies to cut through the water with focus and determination. In more than 80 portraits, award-winning pet photographer Casteel captures new sides of our old friends, with vibrant underwater photography that makes it impossible to look away. The book gives playful and energetic testament to the rough-and-tumble joy that our dogs bring into our lives.
By Seth Casteel, Published by Little Brown and Company (R214)
 
Quick & Easy Handmade Cards
Quick and Easy Handmade Cards is just the inspiration you need to give your creativity wings. This illustrated book is crammed full of ideas and instructions to help you create stunning handmade cards in next to no time. What is more, they cost very little and are more personal and creative than any bought card. This book includes 54 full-colour photographs with ideas for handmade cards, detailed instructions for making the cards, details and lists of all you need, a list of equipment and templates for you to copy. A handmade craft is something special. The person receiving it knows that it took time and effort to create, and that in itself makes such a card a valued gift.
By Anita Rossouw and Lounetter Fourie, Published by Human & Rousseau (R185)
 
Go! Weekend Food
This recipe book brings together easy and affordable recipes from the popular Go! magazine. This book is full of ideas for relaxed food for weekends, whether you stay at home, entertain friends or head into the outdoors. The more than 130 recipes are divided into chapters, which make it easy to find food that will suit your mood. ‘Getting started’ is perfect for late breakfasts. ‘Feeling peckish?’ is for those quick nibbles, such as tasty biltong nachos. ‘Eat, drink and be merry’ is for the ultimate braai. ‘Comfort food’ is for long evenings with one-dish winners such as winter sausage hotpot. ‘Just what you knead’ includes ideas for various breads. ‘Sweet tooth’ ranges from Ouma Hannie’s milk pudding to golden syrup dumplings.
By Aletta Lintvelt, Published by Human & Rousseau (R180)  

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