Book Review | Fireside Stories Tales for a Winter’s Eve

Barefoot Books presents Fireside Stories: Tales for a Winter’s Eve re-told by Caitlin Matthews and illustrated by Helen Cann. I love to curl up under a blanket with my little ones and read stories every night leading up to Christmas. It is a special way that my children and I connect together to share our love for reading and the holidays. Fireside Stories is a book that will undoubtedly become a yearly favorite in our home. This beautiful hardcover book is a lovely collection of winter stories from countries and cultures around the world that celebrate the season. Though it does get quite cold in Florida occasionally, it very rarely snows (it did last year for about 1 hour) so I love stories that allow my children to imagine the feelings of playing in and experiencing the snow and delights of winter. The author has a gift for ancestral lore and story-telling and the gorgeous illustrations really capture the essence of winter. I loved the stories, The Bag of Warmth from Canada and The Cantor of the Trees from Russia.

Fireside Stories: Tales for a Winter’s Eve is the perfect gift book that is sure to be treasured for years as it is a collection of stories that is appealing to adults and children alike. If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace……get ready to settle in with your loved ones and enjoys stories from around the world! If you are like me, turn the A.C. down and imagine yourself transported for a bit to a wonderful winter wonderland!

To purchase Fireside Stories: Tales for a Winter’s Eve for only $19.99 you can visit the Barefoot Books website.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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