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Holly Claus: The Christmas Princess
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Holly Claus: The Christmas Princess

by Brittney Ryan, Laurel Long (Illustrator), Jeffrey K. Bedrick (Illustrator)
 

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When young Christopher writes a letter to Santa Claus, he poses a question no one has ever thought to ask before: Dear Santa Claus, What do you wish for Christmas?

Miraculously, Santa's longtime wish comes true, and a baby girl is born -- Princess Holly Claus. But just as the Land of Forever joyously celebrates her arrival, far away an evil is unleashed. A curse

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When young Christopher writes a letter to Santa Claus, he poses a question no one has ever thought to ask before: Dear Santa Claus, What do you wish for Christmas?

Miraculously, Santa's longtime wish comes true, and a baby girl is born -- Princess Holly Claus. But just as the Land of Forever joyously celebrates her arrival, far away an evil is unleashed. A curse is placed on Holly, freezing her heart in ice so her future will be bound by a world of darkness. And with the Gates of Forever now locked, Santa can no longer spread the magic of Christmas to children everywhere. As soon as Holly finds a way to make a daring escape, she begins an astounding journey to the Empire City, determined to free herself and, once and for all, bring back Christmas.

This extraordinary and beautifully illustrated adventure is an everlasting gift of Christmas enchantment.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
One December day in 1878, Christopher writes a letter to Santa Claus with the following question: Dear Santa, what do you wish for Christmas? In Forever, King Nicholas, known as Santa Claus, discovers the letter and is moved to tears; his lifelong wish for a child comes true shortly afterward with the birth of his daughter, Holly Claus. Holly is a beautiful girl filled with love who brings joy to all who know her. Far away, Herrikhan, an evil warlock, longs to break the curse that ties him. When Holly is christened, she receives a locket that protects her from harm. But soon Santa Claus learns his daughter will live in a frosty world and be free only if she marries Herrikhan; Santa locks the gates of Forever to protect his daughter. The wonder of Christmas disappears from the world as the gates of Forever lock. Holly longs to break the spell and to return the gift of Christmas to the world. Holly leaves Forever one Christmas Eve night and ends up in New York City, where she finds a job working at Carroll's Curiosities and Wonder, a shop filled with magnificent toys. Mr. Carroll shows Holly around the toy shop, which reminds the girl of Santa's workshop. Mr. Carroll is the boy who wrote Santa Claus long ago, and Holly represents the wish granted to Santa. Just when Holly's life is in peril, Christopher Winter Carroll and Holly Claus's love allows them to return safely to Forever as Santa once again brings the magic of Christmas to the world. Holly Claus, the star of The Legend of Holly Claus, returns to readers in another magnificent tale filled with beautiful illustrations that take young readers on a journey into the spirit of the Christmas season. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon,Ph.D.
School Library Journal

Gr 1-3-This picture-book condensation of Ryan's novel The Legend of Holly Claus(HarperCollins, 2004) has all of its baffling plot twists intact but none of its charm. In New York City in 1878, a little boy writes to Santa asking what he would like for Christmas, which somehow causes Holly Claus, Santa's daughter, to be born. She is cursed by a nefarious warlock and blessed by her godmother at birth, escapes to New York City to help its poor citizens, falls in love, and saves Christmas. Although some readers may initially be attracted to the florid, glittery illustrations of Barbie-like Holly and her world, the pedestrian writing and cluttered plot will fail to hold their interest.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

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ALA Booklist
“Ryan retells her sweet story of good versus evil, allowing the elegant art to establish… the mood and the backdrop.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061440229
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/02/2007
Series:
Julie Andrews Collection
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Brittney Ryan is a native of Portland, Oregon, where she attended the University of Portland's School of Dramatic Arts and Music. She has performed in over thirty musicals and was voted Most Outstanding Young Woman in America by the National Press Club. As well as being an author, she is an accomplished composer, singer, dancer, and storyteller. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Legend of Holly Claus. She lives in California.

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