Christmas Magic
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Christmas Magic

by Sue Stainton, Eva Melhuish
     
 

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Someone has hidden the magical reindeer bells, and all the animals of the forest must find them.

Ting-a-ling!

Can you hear them ringing?

Where are they?

Discover the magical bells and find a glimpse of Santa on every page in this whimsical story, meant to be read again and again.

Overview

Someone has hidden the magical reindeer bells, and all the animals of the forest must find them.

Ting-a-ling!

Can you hear them ringing?

Where are they?

Discover the magical bells and find a glimpse of Santa on every page in this whimsical story, meant to be read again and again.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-A bearded elf named Little Santa sets the forest animals on a treasure hunt searching for magical reindeer bells. The creatures have a rollicking good time and are rewarded with a beautifully decorated tree, music, and dancing. The story is a bit mysterious, but it's refreshing to have a tale without the ordinary Christmas clichés. The text is simple and sprinkled with questions, exclamations, and fun sounds ("Ting-a-ling," "scrabble, scrabble, dig"). The playful tone is accentuated by Melhuish's charming illustrations. Birds and beasts are fuzzy and furry, with friendly, animated expressions. Should be a crowd-pleaser.-Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library

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Kirkus Reviews
Younger children who like mysteries will enjoy searching for clues in this lighthearted Christmas mystery. The main character is Little Santa, a mischievous, elf-like fellow in the tomte or tomten tradition of Scandinavian mythology. He has planned his annual treat for his group of forest friends, including two reindeer wearing collars with magical silver bells. When the reindeer bells vanish, the animals search throughout the forest, following footprints and finding clues until they discover Little Santa and their treat: an immense evergreen decorated with bows and bells. Each spread illustrating the search contains one tiny clue to Little Santa's presence: a glimpse of his pointed hat, the glow of his lantern or a dropped mitten. These clues aren't noticeable right away; closer inspection reveals a tiny cluster of snowflakes near each clue, pointing the way. The illustrations of the snow-covered forest alternate between moonlit beauty and spooky darkness full of peeping animal eyes with just the right sense of suspense. Though the actual mystery is slight, the clever clues, simple language and attractive illustrations make this accessible to children just beginning to understand the concepts of mystery. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060785710
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/16/2007
Pages:
32
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Sue Stainton is the art director for a publishing company and lives with her husband and three boys in southwest England. She is the author of many books for children, including the bestselling Santa's Snow Cat, The Lighthouse Cat, I Love Cats, and The Chocolate Cat, all illustrated by Anne Mortimer, and Christmas Magic, illustrated by Eva Melhuish.

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