David FitzGerald has a regular weekday programme on BBC Radio Devon. He started out in radio in the early 1980s, before moving to TV, where he was at the front of nearly every major disaster reporting for Sky News. He is also an experienced writer, having scripted TV favourites such as The Bill and Spitting Image. He has co-authored three highly successful, humorous stories for children with Simon Weston OBE, A Nod from Nelson, Nelson to the Rescue and Nelson at Sea.
Mr Hedges lives contentedly with his dog Meg in a little house in the Welsh countryside. Every day he and Meg go out into the garden to feed and water the birds that visit them, even when the snow is deep and still falling. When Mr Hedges realises that the snow is so deep that he and Meg will not be able to travel to the village to buy a tree for Christmas, he decides to decorate one of the trees outside the house. He just cannot make the tree look right, and on Christmas Eve he goes to bed feeling unhappy about it. But when Mr Hedges opens his bedroom curtains on Christmas morning he has a wonderful surprise waiting for him. This heart-warming story of kindness being repaid by kindness captures the real spirit of Christmas. The illustrations complement the story perfectly: Mr Hedges is kindly, Megs face reflects his moods, and the birds are bright-eyed and alert. Mari Strachan It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council. Gellir defnyddior adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru. -- Welsh Books Council