The Christmas Adventure of Space Elf Sam

The Christmas Adventure of Space Elf Sam

by Audrey Wood, Bruce Robert Wood
     
 
Santa delivers Christmas presents to children everywhere, but when Earth families begin to live on distant planets, Santa needs help. That's why Santa builds the Space Elf Christmas Academy -- where elves like Sam are trained to fly spaceships.

Overview

Santa delivers Christmas presents to children everywhere, but when Earth families begin to live on distant planets, Santa needs help. That's why Santa builds the Space Elf Christmas Academy -- where elves like Sam are trained to fly spaceships.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3--Space Elf Sam's mission is to deliver presents to children on the space colony Alpha One, but he crash-lands on unexplored Gom instead. There he ends up teaching the small, green, potbellied inhabitants about Christmas. They learn that it means finding and decorating a tree, and it means presents--but not just any presents; the gifts must be just right for their recipients. Slick, boldly colored, technically impressive computer art takes center stage in this Toy Story-esque production--the pictures have contour and texture but minimal emotional content. While the story itself is rather slight, children will no doubt be attracted to this glitzy package.--SHP
Kirkus Reviews
From the 'Toy Story' school of 3-D computer animation comes this intergalactic Christmas drama from Wood (Sweet Dream Pie) and son. The time is the future, when humans have colonized other planets and Santa needs a team of delivery agents to distribute his Yuletide goodies. Space Elf Sam is charged by Santa to get Christmas presents to Alpha One—a space colony that has just come to Santa's attention—even though the hour is late. A bit of a hotshot, Sam tries to peel some light years off his destination by warping through a hydrogen cloud, but only succeeds in damaging his spaceship. He makes an emergency landing on the unexplored planet of Gom. The Gommers' apparent menace turns out to be a case of xenophobia, and when Sam is brought before the king and queen, he explains Christmas and helps the Gommers concoct their own holiday ceremony with the help of some Teebles (trees), Zogs (ornamental critters), and Winky-Winks (twinkling lights). Despite all delays, Sam arrives at Alpha One on time. The pleasures of giving is a message worn on the sleeve here; the energy of the text is duplicated (and sometimes bested) by the illustrations. They have an electric palette just this side of garish, will make readers want to reach inside the pages and pull the characters out, and vastly reward rereadings. Ages 4-9

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590031431
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
11.34(w) x 11.57(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile:
530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 9 Years

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