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James has an amazing gift. He loves to smile. He also has an incredible ability to make everyone he meets smile too. But one day, whilst he's at a garden centre with his mummy, he sees an elderly lady who does not want to smile. She is sitting in the corner with her purple hat pulled down over her face. She is all alone. James has to work really hard to get her attention. Will he be able to make the old lady feel as if she is no longer just by herself? James and the Amazing Gift is an uplifting children's picture book, about how a smile can go a long way to impact the lives of others. Nicola's story focuses on happiness, positivity and spreading joy. This message is highlighted through the affect that James has on one elderly lady in particular. Inspired by Judith Kerr, Julia Donaldson and David Melling, this beautifully illustrated story is for children aged between 3-7 years.

James and the Amazing Gift Reviews | Toppsta

9781788036627
  • ISBN: 9781788036627
  • Pub Date: 28th October 2016
  • Publisher: Troubador Publishing
  • Imprint: Matador
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 24

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7th February '17
beardy read it themselves aged 3 aged 3
James and the Amazing Gift 9781788036627
5 stars
A great read and read it 3 times today since book arrived :)
Is a different book to what we normally read bit a lovely surprise and 3 year old son loved it :)
We are learning all about emotional and facial expressions etc and what a great book to highlight happy and sad and just a lovely story and easy for son to hold and turn the pages.
Many thanks toppsta for this wonderful book :)
5th March '17
Pollywiggle childminding read it themselves aged Under 1 to 5
James and the Amazing Gift 9781788036627
4 stars
My mindees enjoyed listening to this story. The book feels slightly flimsy though so not sure it will last too long with lots of little hands looking at it. We liked the story line and felt it had a nice message.
7th February '17
I read it to Ibby aged 4 aged 4
James and the Amazing Gift 9781788036627
4 stars
This is a great book to teach little ones about their emotions, and importance of spreading a smile. It also touches on the emotion of sadness. The storyline is simple, but nice. This is a good one to read with little ones!
7th February '17
I read it to PeterP aged 3 aged 3
James and the Amazing Gift 9781788036627
4 stars
This is a lovely book. It’s beautifully illustrated and has a very pure message. My only gripe is that although it’s written in English, the odd American spelling has been included. Also, the use of commas is a little off-putting. However, if you’re reading this to young children, or encouraging them to read, it’s fine. Children will love it.
26th February '17
I read it to PaigeD aged 4 aged 4 & to JamesLiam aged 7 months aged 0
James and the Amazing Gift 9781788036627
4 stars
This was an easy book to read, and was special as my grandson is James and he has a lovely smile too! It reflects on emotion and how children can interact with others to make them smile. I liked the messaging around being engaged with the elderly, but I did mention to my grandchildren when I read it to them that they should still be careful around strangers as I thought the book encouraged some behaviours contrary to what they are taught. 
14th February '17
I read it to Ckelly2013 aged 3 aged 3
James and the Amazing Gift 9781788036627
3 stars
I read this to my daughter after we won it in a giveaway. My daughter seemed to like it and liked looking at the pictures. However I wasn't a fan of it. To me it didn't feel like a story. It felt like I was just reading statements. 
12th February '17
I read it to Missmoo aged 5 aged 5 & to Locket aged 2 aged 2
James and the Amazing Gift 9781788036627
3 stars
My children listened intently to the story and when I asked what they liked they said that they liked the old lady smiling at the end, tbh I'm not keen on the whole smiling at people (strangers) as this may incourage them to speak with the children and we always tell them not to talk to strangers so this book is a little confusing to my eldest. 
7th February '17
I read it to BobbyK aged 4 aged 4
James and the Amazing Gift 9781788036627
2 stars
 Although a nice sentiment about interacting with the elderly who might be sad because they are lonely, I don't feel the story is realistic or suited to young children. It's quite a boring story and my son was not in the least engaged with the story. No one is incredibly happy all the time.
14th February '17
I read it to mmt2a aged 4 aged 4
James and the Amazing Gift 9781788036627
2 stars
I had mixed feelings about this book. I understood the theme around being nice to people and how a simple smile can brighten up a person's day. When I asked my son what he thought the book was trying to tell him, he understood that it was nice to be nice to others and smile at them. However, I got strong feelings that the way the book was written could encourage children to actively speak to strangers. I liked the part about the boy, James, being nice to a little girl his own age, but I just felt that there was too much "stranger danger". I doubt that I would read this book to my son again.
10th February '17
I read it to SophieKelly aged 3 aged 3
James and the Amazing Gift 9781788036627
2 stars
Quite a slow moving book about a friendly little boy James, whose warm smile allows him to quickly connect with people that he meets - cheering up everyone from London train-commuters to a young girl upset at a lost balloon. One day he's in a cafe with his mum and notices a smart elderly woman sitting alone in the corner - and try as he might he fails to capture her eye. As the lady leaves, his mum starts up a conversation with her that her son would like to say hello.... and the two exchange a warm smile and she says how he has brightened her day. Any book that encourages a connection with people around you, especially the elderly - should be commended....particularly in the high-speed world in which our children now live, a prompt to take time and look around you and treasure human interaction is really important. Given the books' association with Contact The Elderly charity (organises afternoon teas for lonely elderly members of the community) , I'd hoped a longer lasting friendship with the elderly person was going to be fostered, with James perhaps helping his Mum out at a tea. My daughter said her best bit was "the happy ending" when the old lady smiled, but showed no interest in reading it again. The book has its heart in the right place.... but didnt live up to its potential. 
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Nicola J Rowley wanted to be a writer ever since she can remember. She has worked nationally and internationally as a Journalist, Radio Newsreader, TV Producer and Reporter, before moving into a career in Communications. Nicola also runs her own successful photography business, specialising in children and families, weddings and commercial imagery. She has p...

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