Letters From Father Christmas

Letters From Father Christmas

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by J. R. R. Tolkien
     
 

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Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or painting. The letters were from Father Christmas.
They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how the reindeer got loose and scattered

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Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or painting. The letters were from Father Christmas.
They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place; how the accident-prone North Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas’s house into the dining room; how he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden; how there were wars with the troublesome horde of goblins who lived in the caves beneath the house, and many more.
No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by Tolkien’s inventiveness in this classic holiday treat.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Tolkien at his relaxed and ingenious best." The Times of London

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618512652
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/15/2004
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,179,303
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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"Tolkien at his relaxed and ingenious best." The Times of London

Meet the Author

J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892–1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 3, 1892
Date of Death:
September 2, 1973
Place of Birth:
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
Place of Death:
Oxford, England
Education:
B.A., Exeter College, Oxford University, 1915; M.A., 1919

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Letters from Father Christmas 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
LindaAsh More than 1 year ago
I have a hard copy of this book which I bought in the '70's or early '80's and absolutely love. When I saw this enhanced ebook version, I excitedly bought it, hoping to carry the magical art of Tolkien around with me on my Nook Color. I was sorely dissapointed with this ebook version, however. The copies of the original Father Christmas letters are cramped and sometimes stretched on the screen and you can't zoom in to actually see them. What's the point of buying this book if you can't enjoy the letters and the artwork? This enhanced version gives you the chance to hear the letters read to you, which might be nice for children, but I'd recommend you skip the ebook, buy the hard copy and read it aloud to your children yourself while enjoying the beautiful Father Christmas letters as they were meant to be seen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read a couple reviews that you can't zoom in on the pictures & hand-written letters, but I'm able to on my NOOK Color. Two quick taps on the screen opens a picture, then you can zoom & move around. Wonderful addition to the Tolkien legendarium.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much. J.R.R. Tolkien's writings are beautiful and sweet; I really wished that I could meet Father Christmas and the North Polar Bear. His own illustrations were gorgeous. As I was reading the last page of the book, I felt like crying, because I was saying good-bye to a very wonderful story. I will totally read this book again the next holiday season!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While my kids think this is a neat book, I think I enjoy this book the most. This is the sweetest book all about the magic of Christmas. It has imspired my husband and I to write our own letters to our kids from Santa even though we're not as creative or artistic as Tolkin. It is a perfect gift to give to friends and family for Christmas.
roxycloud9 More than 1 year ago
This book was very good! The drawings were great and I loved the pop ups. None of them were torn or ripped, and they were beautiful. I got this for my little sister for Christmas, and she loved it. She reads it every night before she goes to bed. It was a very good Christmas present, and I would recommend it for people of all different ages! My sister and I enjoyed this very much. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The name of JRR Tolkein needs no introduction to fantasy readers. Howver, this book needs to be added to your collection. Tolkein wrote letters to his children under the guise of Father Christmas for almost 20 years. The letters tell stories of happenings at the North Pole varying from battles with goblins to the comedic antics of North Polar Bear. I used the book to read to my sons before bed and they loved listening to the letters. BOTTOM LINE: This is a book for both the Tolkein fan and the parent who wants a good story to read to their kids.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
I had hopes of interesting, humorous, and perhaps inspiring Christmas letters because of the famous name author here. Unfortunately, I found most of the letters to be as anyone might make up for their child's Christmas. We're this not a famous author, I don't think these letters would have made it further than a family album keepsake, for sentimental reasons only!! Disappointing at best!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Completely recommend to all parents with kids or those who are kids at heart! :-)
MSHills More than 1 year ago
I've always loved Tolkien, but had no idea he ever wrote this. The way it is put together is very cool and I really enjoyed reading it. In fact, it still hasn't made it's way home from my office to my kids!
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I am a HUGE fan of J. R. R. Tolkien and even though I am much to young to contridict with SOME adults who claim to have " a better understanding of things" I do think that any piece of CLASSIC liturature is worthy of praise... not discrimination. This man spent his ENTIRE LIFE working to make these pieces of art and he never gpt to see them published even though they were best sellers almost immediatly! It discusts me that some people havethe nerve to say that they bought it and hated it! I would like to see them try to make something better and beat out Tolkien. I love all of his life works abd appritiate all of them.
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SMILE I LIKE CAPS
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Fun notes to his boys
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Like the Christmas of my childhood in book!! The format is a little hard to use on my nook & I wish the volumn was louder, but it has the quality of an old-fashioned Christmas that I love!
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