Christmas Eve: The Joy of Giving

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This fresh take on Christmas traditions follows Eve, the enchanting toy-making fairy, as she leaves her pumpkin patch and heads to the North Pole, where Santa’s elves have come down with a nasty case of Elfpox. Eve is delighted to lend a magical hand and help Santa do the elves’ work, but she is unsure of her abilities—she can only create small toys. After learning about the first Christmas and getting a few history lessons from the Mrs. Claus, Eve begins to understand that it’s not the size of the gift but ...

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Overview

This fresh take on Christmas traditions follows Eve, the enchanting toy-making fairy, as she leaves her pumpkin patch and heads to the North Pole, where Santa’s elves have come down with a nasty case of Elfpox. Eve is delighted to lend a magical hand and help Santa do the elves’ work, but she is unsure of her abilities—she can only create small toys. After learning about the first Christmas and getting a few history lessons from the Mrs. Claus, Eve begins to understand that it’s not the size of the gift but rather the love that inspires the presents that counts. Once Eve gets hooked on the “Joy of Giving,” she infuses every pint-sized toy with feeling and is given the distinguished title of “Christmas Eve.” Providing adults with a new explanation of Christmas traditions, this story helps children understand that, sometimes, less is more.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Sweet Eve, the fairy who makes little toys, was enlisted by Santa Claus when his elves came down with elfpox. Concerned that children would not want her small toys Eve is told the Christmas story. Santa tells her it is not the size of the gift but rather the spirit in which it is given that is important. Eve learns that love is the best gift of all. While the message is worthy the delivery is lacking. Many of the rhymed couplets that comprise the text are forced. For example: "he came here and said that God loves us—each one!/ and to lift up our hearts to what we can become..." and also: "And with that, Santa turned to bring elves more popsicles/ As Nana Claus tapped on Eve's wing, where it tickles" The illustrations are stiff and the toothy grins are offputting. The singsong text overshadows the message of the story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977309627
  • Publisher: Positive Spin Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 980,059
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Sferlazza Johnson is executive director of Peacemakers, Inc., a nonprofit curriculum development group specializing in geographic and cultural programs for elementary school children. Tucker Johnson is the principal designer at StudioC/V/R. They both live in Barrington, Rhode Island.

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