Fletcher and the Snowflake Christmas

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It's Christmas Eve, and the rabbits have moved to a new burrow. Fletcher is excited about celebrating the holiday with them, until he realizes . . .

Santa Claus won't know where to deliver their presents!

But after a cozy night of caroling and blackberry pie, Fletcher wakes to a snowy Christmas morning full of wonderful surprises.

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Overview

It's Christmas Eve, and the rabbits have moved to a new burrow. Fletcher is excited about celebrating the holiday with them, until he realizes . . .

Santa Claus won't know where to deliver their presents!

But after a cozy night of caroling and blackberry pie, Fletcher wakes to a snowy Christmas morning full of wonderful surprises.

Get into the spirit of the season with Fletcher and friends!

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Editorial Reviews

The Horn Book
“Transporting.”
ALA Booklist
“Richly satisfying.”
Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
Beeke's exquisite soft lines and gentle colors provide the exquisite winter images for this story of Fletcher the fox and his attempt to make sure that Santa finds the new home of the bunny family. With the help of his friends the squirrels, the birds, and the mice, he lays out arrows made from sticks to point the way to the bunny home. Once the animals set up the arrows and arrive themselves at the bunny house, they have a celebratory party there while unbeknownst to them it snows outside. When Fletcher and his friends leave the party, the ground is white and no arrows can be seen. Fletcher and their friends promise the bunnies that they will tell Santa when they see him, but, of course, they sleep through the night. Santa, though, does not rely on them. Not only does the story address childhood concerns about Santa not being able to find their house, but it also provides a model of helping friends and celebrating together. This is a sweet tale with a positive message of friendship worthy of being shared with youngsters during the holiday season. Originally published in the UK as Ferdie's Christmas by Gullane Children's Books. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—The charm of Fletcher and the Falling Leaves (2006) and Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms (2009, both Greenwillow) is again captured in this holiday tale. On Christmas Eve, Fletcher the fox and his animal friends want to make sure that Santa Claus finds the rabbit family's new home. They lay sticks on the ground, making a path to the burrow, but when a snowfall covers everything, Fletcher switches to plan B. The animals decide to stay up all night to tell Santa where the rabbits have moved. Naturally, they all fall asleep; but, no worries, Santa finds his way and the rabbits invite them all inside for a Merry Christmas. Colorful warm pastel illustrations fill each page and evoke the spirit of the season.—Diane Olivo-Posner, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

Fletcher the fretful fox returns for the third entry in this seasonally themed series with beautifully distinctive illustrations skillfully integrated with the text. This time Fletcher worries that Santa won't find his rabbit neighbors, who have recently moved to a new, larger burrow in a nearby hillside. Despite a snowstorm, Santa finds the new home, and the friends celebrate together in the rabbits' cozy burrow. The gentle, simple story is deftly told with just the right amount of suspense and a nice balance of dialogue and exposition. Beeke's glowing pastel illustrations in her irresistible style captivate readers with their unusual hues and textures. She uses deep, saturated colors and swirling effects to create expressive illustrations that seem lit from within, creating a fantasy forest for Fletcher and his friends. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061990335
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 665,593
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Rawlinson grew up in London and graduated from Southampton University with a degree in geography. She is the author of Fletcher and the Falling Leaves and Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.

Tiphanie Beeke attended the Royal College of Art, where she earned a master's degree in communication and design. She is the illustrator of The Duck Who Played the Kazoo, by Amy E. Sklansky, and many other books for children. The artist lives in France with her husband and three children.

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