Twin Dad Book Review

Twin Dad Book Review: The Sugar Plum Tree

**DISCLAIMER: The following review is not a paid review, but I received the following book as a gift and wanted to review it.**

I don’t know about you, but we are always looking for good books to get the kids.  We all know our classics, but sometimes we want to step out and get something for them that is different, something that is not know by a lot of people.  If you are like our family, then it always intrigues you when something new and excited comes out.  It’s pointless, in my opinion, for me to review “Green Eggs and Ham”.  You either like Dr. Seuss, or you don’t have kids.

So I’ve had an opportunity, thanks to an acquaintance, to review a new children’s book called “The Sugar Plum Tree”.  You can find the book at its web site,, where you can order the hardback version of the book, and you can even order bags that can have a child’s name embroidered on the bag.  These bags, and especially the book, can make great gifts.

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The book seems to be based off the poem that most of us have heard about.  It’s a very colorful adventure that makes for a great read at bedtime.  Kids are encouraged to go to sleep and dream of the sugar plum tree, because when they wake up they will find candy underneath their beds.  The book is not very long, maybe 25 pages, and mostly pictures.

My reason for liking the book is that it is written in a very easy-to-follow, rhyming format that helps kids link words together and makes it easier for them to remember the story and reinforces word recognition by anticipating what sounds or words will come next.  Kids love the pictures and find it very visually stimulating.  Even though you can read it anytime, it really seems to fall in line with the holiday season (I keep thinking of the Christmas story “while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads”).

The story is written by Katherine James, which is actually the collective name of three sisters that came up with the idea for the book.  The idea for the story is from the 18th century poem that has been in the family for an obviously long time, and the sisters wanted to publish their own family tradition in the form of a story book for kids.

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The only downside for the book is that some parents may be turned off by the focus of “sugar”.  I’m not, because for me it’s more figurative than anything else.  I think kids have to be able to use their imaginations…just because you read a book about candy doesn’t mean you have to dump candy in their beds.  But it’s worth noting that because the book focuses on candy, and even has a character called “the Chocolate Cat”, some parents may be a little put-off by the focus.

Having said all of this, I feel as though this is a great book to purchase for your child to enjoy as a bedtime story.  My twins both enjoyed the story and love the pictures in the book.  You can visit the official website at to purchase the book and/or the bags I mentioned at the beginning of the post.  This is also a fantastic idea for a gift, and through the website can be sent to the lucky recipient.  So, if you’re looking for a new story and are interested in reading about a family tradition, check this story out and enjoy with your children!

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    Start your family tradition TODAY with this SPECIAL OCCASION bedtime picture book!
    Take a journey across THE LOLLIPOP SEA to the GARDEN OF SHUT EYE TOWN, where the SUGAR PLUM TREE grows and whisper a word in the GINGER DOG'S ear. The CHOCOLATE CAT will appear the next morning, leaving PROOF under the bed that sweet dreams come TRUE!
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