Ori is preparing for Christmas and asks each of his friends what they would like to do on Christmas Day – but when the day comes the choices made by others are not liked by everyone. The solution is compromise and everyone ends up having a great day.
This picture book is suitable for pre-school and kindergarten groups. It contains two special features:
1. There are actions to do as you follow along with the story that will delight small children.
2. There are Christmas decorations to colour-in, cut out and hang on the Christmas tree.
3. Anne Helen Donnelly includes notes for Parents and Teachers to further engage participation with this book.
She has also published another book called Ori the Octopus in the same vein that includes colourful characters and scenery to do story re-enactments with.
In this story Ori the Octopus is very helpful to all his friends but becomes overloaded one day when they all require his help at the same time. The solution is that they all end up helping Ori by helping each other. There are also actions to make up and follow in this book and at one point Ori becomes so overwhelmed that he muddles up all the actions too – I can imagine that children will really enjoy this part.
You can also take a look at Anne’s website that includes extra activities to do with both books : http://www.annehelendonnelly.com
So if you are ready for some Christmas shopping be sure to add Ori’s Christmas and / or Ori the Octopus to your list.
Post Update: Interview with Anne Helen Donnelly – November 2017
After being made redundant in Dec 2015 and having a cancer scare, I decided to follow my passion. So I retrained and my first Ori book ‘Ori the Octopus’ came out in April 2017 followed in Oct of the same year with ‘Ori’s Christmas.’ The idea of Ori came about originally from the multi-tasking every busy mum – this is Ori, who helps all of his friends all at once in the first book.
Yes, we can all relate to that – needing more than one pair of arms at a time and I’m really glad everything is going well for you now after what must have been a very scary 2015. I’m so glad you turned a bad situation around to follow your dreams.
In telling your story, what made you decide on using underwater sea creatures as your characters ?
Ori has eight legs and therefore the multi-tasking busy mum. I kept on with sea creatures as they are easily recognisable to young kids and there were enough commonly known ones for Ori to have enough friends.
Yes, good idea. I see you have the popular clown fish in there too.
How do you celebrate Christmas ?
With family and lots and lots of food – I’m Maltese so it goes with the territory. Although as I age, that entire Panettone I eat is catching up with me.
Panettone is very much a part of Christmas in my family too – maybe there’s another story there – ‘Ori and the Panettone!!’
Are the dilemna’s faced by the characters in your story based on true life
Yes, I have two young children and even choosing what TV to watch is a struggle some days – so – ‘learn to compromise’ is a good message.
I agree, sometimes a really hard thing to do and also to learn.
Have you got any plans to extend the ‘Ori’ series ?
Yes, ideally I’ll have another Ori book out next year but still early days yet.
Good luck with that Anne
Where can interested buyers purchase your books ?
Thank you for sharing, all the best with your books and have a great Christmas. I’m sure you are looking forward to seeing everyone’s Ori’s christmas decorations hanging on their trees.