The Christmas Ark

The Christmas Ark

by Robert D. San Souci, Daniel San Souci
     
 

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It's Christmas Eve and Sarah and Elizabeth, who are sailing to join their father in San Francisco, are worried that Santa will not be able to find them. But he appears and takes them on a tour of Christmas celebrations around the world, until the girls discover the celebration they'd most like to belong at is the one where their family awaits them.

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It's Christmas Eve and Sarah and Elizabeth, who are sailing to join their father in San Francisco, are worried that Santa will not be able to find them. But he appears and takes them on a tour of Christmas celebrations around the world, until the girls discover the celebration they'd most like to belong at is the one where their family awaits them.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Aboard the Queen Calafia , two sisters and their mother are making a months-long journey to join their father, who has given up farming to join the hunt for gold in California. The goal is to reach San Francisco by Christmas, but the ``thick, cottony fog'' may delay their arrival. ``Are you sure St. Nicholas can find us at sea?'' asks Sarah. That night, she dreams that Santa arrives in a ``huge ark, blazing with silver light'' and offers the girls an opportunity to fly over the world and pick the Christmas of their choice. While stirring and technically proficient, the paintings here--a palm-lined beach, a lion roaring on an African plain, St. Nick filling stockings--are somewhat static and not up to Daniel San Souci's generally splendid standards. The meandering story seems overlong and bogs down in unnecessary details. Still, the essential spirit of the season shines through, and readers may enjoy this diverting variation on more traditional fare. Ages 6-10. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Elizabeth and Sarah are aboard ship hoping to arrive in San Francisco by Christmas Eve to join up with their father. The fog has delayed them, and they go to bed disappointed and concerned that St. Nicholas won't find them. Awakening in the night, Sarah heads out on the deck and is joined by her sister. Suddenly, an ark appears in the sky with St. Nicholas at the helm. They all travel around the world and St. Nicholas promises that they can spend Christmas wherever they choose. The sisters end up choosing to spend the day with their beloved Papa. 1995 (orig.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385248365
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/01/1991
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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