Welcome to the tale of Elfin, an elf who befriends Ruben in the run-up to Christmas and brings the magic of Christmas to life for this little boy.
This is an endearing tale of friendship. Every night, for twelve nights before Christmas, Elfin and Reuben have lots of fun crafting, playing and even baking! They become the best of friends and have great fun together making Christmas extra magical.
One feature of this book that I really like is the inclusion of instructions for all of the makes and bakes that Ruben and Elfin partake in. Melanie Chamber’s, the lady behind Elfin, created this book as a way for parents and children to spend time together, making memories. Melanie kindly shared the inspiration behind Elfin with me;
“Seeing my Children play with their toys and how very much they enjoyed Christmas has given me my inspiration to write a book. Wouldn’t it be fun if I wrote a book that a child and an adult could do together?
With busy lifestyles, we forget the important things in life sometimes, and as technology seems to be used a lot in most family homes, finding time to do activities can sometimes be hard, but with ‘Twelve Days of Elfin’ you can read a story and do an activity at the end of each story. So not only does your child have a lovely story to read, but they get to make what Elfin has made in the book.
My children are creative and especially my daughter. She is always drawing pictures and doing artwork so I have put one of her pictures in the book, I wrote this story for my children and all children that enjoy cooking, making crafts, or just reading the stories.
We have had great fun as a family making the recipes in the book which brings everyone together as the recipes are quite simple and not too hard to make, with everyday things that most people use in their house. We all recycle these days, which is why I have introduced some ideas we could do with leftover items, teaching them about the environment and how important it is to recycle with bottles, jars, string, paper etc.
That is what makes this book great. If you can’t afford to buy ingredients for one of the stories you can always do a recycling story instead so it’s not expensive, but also teaches your child to recycle and look after the world we live in. This is a great way of doing that, we only get one go on the merry-go-round my dad would say, so let’s encourage a book so that children can use and still look after our world at the same time.
The art-work was very last minute, as the person I was going to use let me down, but with the help of my daughter and my friends and many late nights, we managed to get there in the end. This book has been a great inspiration to us as a family, bringing friends closer together and many giggles along the way. I will write more like this in the future, but for now, I am writing my second book.
My childhood wasn’t the best, but my children make up for any sadness I have lost as a child, and I guess that is why Christmas is a time of year we love the best. I see imagination is endless, a blanket over a chair becomes a castle, a pillow on the floor is an island, and the carpet is the sea full of sharks. Hearing them giggling brings a smile to my face and opens up the stories in my head. Writing them on paper brings the story to life, Elfin is almost like he is part of our family now so we will look forward to bringing our story each year, let this story come to life.”
Melanie Chambers was born in Bristol and had a troubled childhood. She was only diagnosed with dyslexia a few years ago on a British Sign Language course. Melanie has been inspired by her own children to write books for that age group, due to their limitless imaginations. With her younger daughter also being an arts and crafts fan, and with Christmas being a favourite holiday it made sense to combine them into her first book – The Twelve Days of Elfin.
I have to say, we thoroughly enjoyed reading The Twelve Days of Elfin together. I asked my 5-year-old when we’d finished if she liked me reading the book to her (and her brother!) each evening and her response was, ‘No Mom, I loved it!’ From Banana bread to fudge, snowflakes to snowmen; as well as a lovely story we are gifted some lovely craft ideas to carry out with our children.
I am delighted to be a part of this wonderfully festive book blog tour. For lots of other thoughts about Elfin and Rubens escapades check out the other blogs on the tour.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary pdf copy of The Twelve Days of Elfin for the purpose of this review. This post contains an affiliate link.