12 Days of Christmas: Mini Book-Beans for Children

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“The nutcracker sits under the holiday tree, a guardian of childhood stories.
Feed him walnuts and he will crack open a tale…”

~Vera Nazarian

The Nutcracker
by Susan Jeffers
Join Marie, Fritz, and the intriguing Nutcracker himself on a magical adventure only possible on a night like Christmas Eve. Behold the frightful Mouse King, the elegant Sugar Plum fairies, and the entire Land of Sweets in this dazzling, gorgeously-illustrated holiday classic. With spare text based on the story in the ballet, this book offers a front-row seat to the charming tale that is a perennial favorite of children and adults alike.
Rated 4.6 on amazon.com

51cc4cfarbl43ed42a36bb2a2d4aa8a5e6122b45de6Book Bean: Hot HazelNutmus
Nutty deliciousness
Heat up desired amount of milk (almond milk works nicely.) When milk is steaming hot add (per ea. cup of of milk) 1/2 tsp cocoa powder, 1 tsp sugar (powder or baker’s,) 1 tsp Nutella, and dash of nutmeg. Whisk until smooth, taste and adjust to taste. Mug and sprinkle with crushed nuts and nutmeg.

Gary-Avis-as-Drosselmeyer-in-Royal-Ballets-The-Nutcracker-c-ROH-Bill-Cooper-2012 - Edited.jpgHerr Drosselmeyer was “a toy maker, and a wonderful story teller.
Clara thought he could even perform magic!”

 

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Charming Children’s Classics

I have loved books since I can remember, and growing up I got to read a lot. I was privileged enough to get to experience so much great literature. I have continued to enjoy these books for years. All of the books are so beautifully written and illustrated.

Here is my list of Charming Children’s Classics.
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Winnie the Pooh is so fantastically brilliant, I can’t get enough of it. The relate-able fun characters are brought together magically in these wonderful tales and poems. I bet we all know a person or two who resembles an Eeyore, Tigger, or Rabbit, etc. Each clever little story is brought to us via the imagination of Christopher Robin, and A.A. Milne of course.
honey-bread-milk-table-39141976The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh
Rated: 4.8 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Warm Milk and Honey of course.
It’ll make your tummy rumble for more.

 


I love this book because the message is so universally important. It’s a great message for both children and adults. It teaches us so much and I know I am the better for reading it. All of Dr. Seuss’ books are amazing, but I picked this one because I feel it is so well acknowledged and appreciated across the board.
download (1)Oh, The Places You’ll Go
Rated: 4.9 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Pink Yink Drink 😉
Coconut Milk heated with strawberry syrup.
Beatrix Potter brought us so many darling stories. Who doesn’t love Jemima Puddle-Duck, Tom Kitten, and of course the timeless Peter Rabbit. The art work alone is amazing. Everything about her work is so charming, and more. I love this particular compilation of ten favorites.
524201a0e263fcc904b198c1e31b31dcA Beatrix Potter Treasury
Rated: 4.9 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Tea Time
Good old fashion Earl Grey Tea with cream and sugar cubes to taste.

Oh the ever curious little monkey we all know and love. These stories are great and so much fun. George is so likeable and teaches us so many great lessons. Lessons about sharing, caring, learning, and compassion. I loved it growing up and I love it now.
imagesThe Complete Adventures of Curious George
Rated: 4.6 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Banana Steamer
Blend up bananas add hot/steamed milk and  a little agave syrup (if you like it sweeter) and blend well. Pour in mugs and enjoy the frothy goodness!

 

Paddington bear is the epitomy of charming. His friendly attitude, good nature, and manners are what we love about this adorable little bear. Another great story with a great message wrapped in fuzzy cuteness. This book teaches us about the importance of acceptance, family, and neighborly-ness.
download (3)A Bear Called Paddington
Rated: 4.7 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Hot Marmalade Cider
For a quick trick heat apple juice with pumpkin spice (cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg) and orange slices. Enjoy with and orange slice and cinnamon stick.

 

This is a classic that will warm any heart. It is a touching tale of a child’s stuffed rabbit. This story has a deep eerie quality that is so sad and wonderful at the same time. You may be in tears when you read it but you will love it all the more. Overall a heart-filled lovely little story to be cherished.
Hot chocolate with mint and marshmallowsThe Velveteen Rabbit
Rated: 4.6 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Mint-Mallow Hot Chocolate
Make up some yummy hot chocolate add in mint leaf and marshmallows. Sweet and cozy.

There are many other classics that are also fantastic, but I narrowed it down to a few timeless reads. These are geared (or were originally anyway) toward the ages of about 7yrs and under.

I myself still love to read and enjoy these
beautiful literary gems, time and time again!

Fun Fact: The first illustrated book to be created explicitly for children was in 1658. This book was Orbis Pictus an encyclopedia-like book written by John Amos Comenius.
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