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Kris Kringle's Magic

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In a world where elves are only slaves, one boy is determined to make things right. With the elvesâ?? help, Kris decides to begin with the children. But can a pile of gifts on Christmas Eve really change anything? This enchanting story is sure to captivate kids of all ages. An instant holiday classic you'll want to read again and again!

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Overview

In a world where elves are only slaves, one boy is determined to make things right. With the elvesâ?? help, Kris decides to begin with the children. But can a pile of gifts on Christmas Eve really change anything? This enchanting story is sure to captivate kids of all ages. An instant holiday classic you'll want to read again and again!

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Gr 2–5—This is Santa's life story, told from the point of view of his wife, Rebecca. Her family hires young Kris, an orphan who has arrived from Germany to their unnamed country, where a cruel human aristocracy rules over a class of impoverished humans and harmless magical Elves. Because of their looks, the Elves are regarded as an inferior race and treated as slaves. Kris and Rebecca help them escape to the North Pole, where the Elves use their magical skills to help them make toys and clothing for the poor. This fast-paced, dramatic story creatively explains the many questions children have about Santa. For another novel on his life and origins, try Tony Abbott's Kringle (Scholastic, 2005).—Maureen Wade, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462111053
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Pages: 169
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 2.30 (d)

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  • Posted December 24, 2013

    I have to admit that I generally enjoy any story connected with

    I have to admit that I generally enjoy any story connected with Christmas. And "Santa Claus" stories are always intriguing to me. This story is not the typical "Santa" story. The author has brought a different element to this story--prejudice. Prejudice is one of those topics that always resonates with me. I suppose because I feel strongly about it, and so often I have been accused of being racist or prejudiced (without cause).

    The book is clean, nice, and has a positive message. I honestly wish the author had slowed down just a little bit. I felt like the story was very rushed, and I would have preferred it to be longer and more cohesive. But that is just a personal preference. I felt that Kris was too good to be true, but then again, I suppose that would be expected from Kris Kringle. I just didn't feel that I got a grasp on the story, and I think if there had been more detail in the story, I may have understood it better. However, the story will definitely resonate with anyone who likes a good Christmas story.

    One other thing I liked was the Kris Kringle was not just giving children presents because they asked. Instead, he was giving them things that they needed. It was all about helping the poor and those who did not have enough to eat or nothing to keep them warm. It was about Kris Kringle bringing children and their families what was needed, not what was wanted. I really liked that concept of Kris Kringle.

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Posted April 25, 2013

    A young elf comes to interview Mrs. Rebecca Kringle, the wife of

    A young elf comes to interview Mrs. Rebecca Kringle, the wife of Kris Kringle. As Rebecca tells her story, the young elf learns that things weren't always good for elves. They were treated as lesser citizens and were basically slaves. Things began to change when Kris Kringle came to town to visit family. Disgusted by the treatment of elves, he begins challenging the long-standing beliefs of the people. He also teaches Rebecca that her preconceived notions may not be correct. Kris Kringle's need to help people eventually leads him to utilize his friendship with the elves to bring gifts and comfort to many children. However, this may all be threatened by the cruelty of others, and this leads Kris and his elf friends to make a drastic decision.




    If you're looking for heartwarming stories to get you in the Christmas spirit, look no further. This books takes your typical Kris Kringle origin story and expands upon it in some interesting ways. I love that it dealt with loving others and issues of equality. Kris Kringle took these things very seriously, whether it was elf treatment or taking care of families in need. He did all he could to help him fellow beings. Rebecca made for a great partner in crime (even if she was drug into it to begin with). I like the concept of Kris Kringle not just being some jolly old man bringing toys on Christmas, but really being someone who champions the less fortunate and just wants all children to be happy. That is something that I can really get behind.




    This is an excellent book, and it is a super quick read. It would be easy to add reading it to the family as a Christmas-time tradition. There are some deep concepts, but they are treated in a way everyone can understand and bound together by faith and belief. If this book doesn't make you want to get out and help everyone you can, I don't know what will. I really loved this book, and I think it will make an excellent addition to your usual Christmas reading.




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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    This was a wonderful story covering the romance between Mr. and

    This was a wonderful story covering the romance between Mr. and Mrs. Kringle (a.k.a. Santa and Mrs. Clause) as well as the beginnings of their Christmas Eve traditions.

    What I loved about this book:
    It wasn't just a love story. There are some pretty deep social conflicts going on in the community - well the world over really. Guess who's in the middle of it all? That's right, Kris Kringle. He's a mover and a shaker of the best sort. I had to ask myself, if I were in Rebecca's (MC) shoes, what side would I take? Would I be one to go along with people? Or, would I be one to strike for change? I hope I'd be on the same side as Kris and Rebecca. Really, can you ever go wrong when you side with Santa Clause?

    Rebecca also finds out a dark family secret. I won't reveal the info here because I so hate spoilers, but I will tell you that it makes you think twice about judging others.

    I think the author, Dianne Stringam Tolley, did an excellent job building a world we can relate to as well as picture as we read. I loved the elf village. I would love to visit one day and probably stay forever.
    I was so thankful for the opportunity to review this book as it has kick started my holiday season with the right spirit. Grab yourself a copy and kick back with a cup of cocoa.

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