Now it's the first of December, we can officially start celebrating Christmas here in the Seven Stories Collection. To start off our celebrations, we have a series of Christmas animals to show you, all taken from the material held in our store. This is the start of a new series, next year, on the first of each month we will be bringing you a post on a different feature animal! Leave a comment below with your favourite and we will see what we can do...


Original artwork by Helen Craig for Angelina Ice Skates, story by Katharine Holabird (Puffin, 1993)

Angelina uses her beautiful ballet skills to dance across the ice instead of a stage.

Illustration © Helen Craig
Original artwork by Helen Craig for Angelina's Christmas, story by Katharine Holabird (Puffin, 1985)

This is a heart warming story of Angelina bringing some Christmas cheer to Mr Bell, who has retired from being the village post man. To see more artwork from this book, and many other Angelina Ballerina titles, visit 'Twists and Tails - the Story of Angelina Ballerina' at the Seven Stories Visitor Centre until April 2015.

                                                                                             Illustration © Helen Craig
Original artwork for Tim Mouse and Father Christmas by Judy Brook (World’s Work Press, 1971)
Tim Mouse and children find a little old man with a long white beard lying in the snow.  They know nothing about Christmas, but the old man soon tells them all about Christmas Day, who he was, and how he got lost.  Tim, with the help of his wife, his children and his friends, comes to the rescue and makes sure that no one is disappointed on Christmas Day.
Illustration © Judy Brook's Estate
Original artwork for Tim Mouse and Father Christmas by Judy Brook (World's Work Press, 1971)                                                                                   Illustration © Judy Brook's Estate
Original artwork for Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr (William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1976) 

Christmas come to Mog’s household and Mog finds it a little unsettling. There are lots of new people and a walking tree!
                                                     Illustration ©Kerr-Kneale Productions Limited
Original artwork for Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr (William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1976) 
                                                           Illustration ©Kerr-Kneale Productions Limited

Original artwork for The Good Little Christmas Tree by Ursula Moray Williams (George G. Harrap, 1943)
Two parents bring home a Christmas tree for their children for Christmas day, but they cannot afford to decorate it with candles and sparkle. When they go to sleep, the Christmas tree goes on a journey to find decorations to delight the children on Christmas morning. He loses many of his needles, and only Santa Claus can help. 
                                                         Illustration © Ursula Moray Williams Estate
Original artwork for The Good Little Christmas Tree by Ursula Moray Williams (George G. Harrap, 1943)How many different animals can you spot in these pictures?
                                                                  Illustration © Ursula Moray Williams Estate

To find out more about any of the items shown in this post, visit the Seven Stories Catalogue. You can also call on 0191 495 2707 or email at collections@sevenstories.org.uk.