Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas (Nate the Great Series)

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About the Author: Born in Portland, Maine, in 1928, Marjorie Weinman Sharmat dreamed of becoming a writer. Little did she know that she would be the author of more than 70 books for children of all ages. Another of her childhood dreams, that of becoming a detective, has also been realized in her most popular Nate the Great series, begun in 1972.

Many of Sharmat's books have been Literary Guild selections and chosen as Books of the Year by the ...

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Overview

About the Author: Born in Portland, Maine, in 1928, Marjorie Weinman Sharmat dreamed of becoming a writer. Little did she know that she would be the author of more than 70 books for children of all ages. Another of her childhood dreams, that of becoming a detective, has also been realized in her most popular Nate the Great series, begun in 1972.

Many of Sharmat's books have been Literary Guild selections and chosen as Books of the Year by the Library of Congress. Several have been made into films for television, including Nate the Great Goes Undercover, winner of the Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival Award. Nate the Great Saves the King of Sweden has been named one of the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.

Even a deep snow the week before Christmas can't keep Nate the Great and his dog Sludge from finding the special card sent to Annie's dog Fang by his mother.

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Nate the Great sets out to solve yet another mystery. The charm of these early chapter books is that while the vocabulary is controlled and appropriate for the target audience, the story line is humorous and satisfying for young readers. While Nate and his dog Sludge are out shoveling snow, Fang and his owner, Annie, come along to ask for Nate's help in locating a missing Christmas card. Naturally Nate is quite willing to stop shoveling and start sleuthing. He dutifully leaves a note for his mother explaining why he has stopped his task and then he sets off to locate the long anticipated card. Every year Fang's mother sends him a special Christmas card. Nate discovers that many pieces of mail have become lodged in the catalogs that Annie has been collecting, but the missing card is not in any of them. It is only when Nate begins to "think like a dog" that he discovers that Fang had actually intercepted the card during its delivery (the mail carrier dropped it and ran at the sight of Fang running to greet him) and had buried it in the back yard. All ends well but Nate still has to finish shoveling the snow. As a bit of an aside, it is revealed that Nate and his family celebrate Hanukkah, giving children a glimpse of his traditions with the mention of potato pancakes. 1996, Yearling/Bantam Doubleday Dell, Ages 4 to 8.
—Sheilah Egan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385321174
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Series: Nate the Great Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.19 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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Born in Portland, Maine, in 1928, Marjorie Weinman Sharmat dreamed of becoming a writer. Little did she know that she would be the author of more than 70 books for children of all ages. Another of her childhood dreams, that of becoming a detective, has also been realized in her most popular Nate the Great series, begun in 1972.

Many of Sharmat's books have been Literary Guild selections and chosen as Books of the Year by the Library of Congress. Several have been made into films for television, including Nate the Great Goes Undercover, winner of the Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival Award. Nate the Great Saves the King of Sweden has been named one of the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.

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