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The Christmas Wish

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In the tradition of The Snowman, The Polar Express, and the many books of Jan Brett this cozy Nordic tale filled with extraordinary photographs will have readers of all ages believing in the magic of Christmas. This is one to pull out every year and savor.

Long ago, a brave little girl named Anja wanted to be one of Santa's elves. So she leaves a note for her family and helps her elderly neighbor prepare for the holiday, then she straps on her skis, and heads out ...

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Overview

In the tradition of The Snowman, The Polar Express, and the many books of Jan Brett this cozy Nordic tale filled with extraordinary photographs will have readers of all ages believing in the magic of Christmas. This is one to pull out every year and savor.

Long ago, a brave little girl named Anja wanted to be one of Santa's elves. So she leaves a note for her family and helps her elderly neighbor prepare for the holiday, then she straps on her skis, and heads out into the snowy landscape. From a red bird to a polar bear to a reindeer, a menagerie of winter animals help Anja make her way to Santa. A generous trim-size, matte cover, and foiled title make this a special book for the holiday season.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 09/16/2013
Evert and Breiehagen’s first children’s book is a family affair, with the story built around photographs of their daughter, Anja. Set “in a place so far north that the mothers never pack away the wool hats or mittens,” the tale follows Anja as she ventures through ice and snow on skis and aided by several animals to find Santa Claus before Christmas. Dressed in a plaid jumper, Fair Isle sweater, and an elfin red cap, rosy-cheeked Anja looks like she’s stepped out of a fairy tale, and Breiehagen’s delicious (and, necessarily, digitally altered) photographs of her riding on the back of a polar bear and meeting Santa amid the snowy pines of the North Pole create the sense that magic is very real. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)
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"A captivating Christmas story with a magic all its own.” --Starred, Kirkus Reviews

"…rosy-cheeked Anja looks like she’s stepped out of a fairy tale, and Breiehagen’s delicious (and, necessarily, digitally altered) photographs of her riding on the back of a polar bear and meeting Santa amid the snowy pines of the North Pole create the sense that magic is very real." -- Starred, Publishers Weekly

"[The Christmas Wish] points to both the timelessness and the otherworldliness of a child's Christmastime wonder." --The Horn Book

"…this cozy Nordic tale filled with extraordinary photographs will have readers of all ages believing in the magic of Christmas. This is one to pull out every year and savor." --The Children's Book Review

"Dreams have never been so photogenic." --USA Today

From the Publisher
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2013:"A captivating Christmas story with a magic all its own.”
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-09-01
Make a wish--for a truly magical Christmas story with supersized photographs of a darling little girl napping with a polar bear, meeting a reindeer and flying across the snowy sky in Santa's sleigh. The little girl, Anja, lives somewhere "so far north that the mothers never pack away the wool hats or mittens." That snowy land is presumably Norway, where the book's photographer and author live with their real-life daughter, Anja, the charming model dressed in traditional Scandinavian clothing for the striking photographs that illustrate the story. The fictional Anja dreams of becoming one of Santa's elves, and one snowy day in December, she sets off on her skis to find Santa Claus. She is helped by talking animals, including a reindeer who leads her to Santa in his sleigh. Santa allows Anja to drive the sleigh and delivers her back to her snow-covered home with a gift of a magical bell. The superb photographs are, of course, digitally composed, but with such skill that little Anja really seems to be riding on the back of a polar bear, skiing down a mountainside or flying through the sky in Santa's sleigh. The photographs use lovely backgrounds of snowy trees, sparkling icicles and the northern lights to create an enchanted atmosphere echoed by the text, which unfolds in fairy-tale cadences. A captivating Christmas story with a magic all its own. (Picture book. 3-8)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Long ago in a place far away in the north, "a sweet little girl named Anja" dreams of becoming one of Santa's Elves. She decides to go find Santa before Christmas. But first she helps an old neighbor and delivers gifts to her friends and family. Finally she studies the map and the stars, ties on her skies, then worries about getting lost. A red bird promises that she and other friends will help. After leading her, the bird leaves her at the foot of a mountain with a large horse that gives her shelter that night and a ride the next day. Then a musk ox leads her through a cave, after which an enormous polar bear takes her on to where a reindeer flies her to Santa Claus. She helps Santa fly his sleigh back home, where he leaves her a special gift. When Anja awakes in her bed, we wonder with her whether it was all a dream. The visual story is attractively rendered in sharply produced color photographs of Anja and the animals set in naturalistic snow-covered scenes. Mostly double page, these scenes successfully evoke the cold snowy environment as well as the dramatic events. Charming Anja, dressed in local folk costume, fur boots, and mittens, is the author's daughter. Check the differing jacket and cover. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
PreS-Gr 1—Anja longs to be one of Santa's elves. Dressed in full Nordic regalia complete with red gnomic hat, she certainly looks the part. A thoughtful and helpful child, she acts the part as well. When she skis off in her quest to find Santa, a bird, horse, musk ox, polar bear, and reindeer show her the way. The full-page photographs look like they could be movie stills, so sharp and seamless are the figures that Anja and the animals cut against the winter landscape of Northern lights, glaciers, and snowy pine trees. While the scenes of Anja offering an apple to the reindeer or curled up next to the sleeping polar bear are whimsical and look unaltered, other images are obviously manipulated. Further, the story reads as if it were written around the pictures, rather than the other way around. Nonetheless, the striking winter visuals and the adorable heroine carry the day.—Joanna Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449816813
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 467
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

LORI EVERT is a prop, set, and wardrobe stylist who loves books, nature, and being Anja’s mother. She is the author of the best-selling The Christmas Wish.

PER BREIEHAGEN grew up in a small town in the mountains of southern Norway. His love for the outdoors and location photography has led to assignments around the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2014

    The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert is a wonderful story, that brin

    The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert is a wonderful story, that brings back the innocence and promise of a child's Christmas.  Compelling writing and beautiful photographs make this a real gem. Paul B.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2014

    This book will forever more be a part of our holiday family trad

    This book will forever more be a part of our holiday family traditions. You'll take a magical wooded journey with a precious little girl and her critter friends in this story. The first time I read this to my six year old son he was transfixed; completely absorbed in the story, the amazing Nordic setting and the stunning photography. He truly believed in each friendship that this sweet little girl made with her animal friends. This book rings true to the innocence, magic and kindness of Christmas as it should be!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    A beautiful book, from start to finish

    My 7-year-old granddaughter and I both love this book...the photos are magical, the story is well-written and the message -- be kind, be brave, and follow your dreams -- is inspiring. This has become my new favorite, not only for Christmas but for all year long.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Must have book

    This book has a very sweet story. A great book to bring out for the
    Christmas Holidays. The pictures are so beautiful and help to make this story special for your special little girl. Absolutely love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Beautiful Christmas story!

    This is a beautifully illustrated heartwarming story of Christmas to be cherished by young and old alike!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Loved it.

    I loved the story, but the pictures were excellent. My granddaughter loved it too, but it is a book I will keep at my house, and others can read it too, and enjoy the pictures. The little girls and her clothes from that part of the world just made t.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Discovering this book was a delight!  Author Lori Evert and her

    Discovering this book was a delight!  Author Lori Evert and her husband per Breiehagen have teamed up to create an enchanting story that will surely capture children's interest and imagination, and will also touch
    their hearts. It is a mystical tale about having dreams and how our dreams become real for us--all experienced through little Anja's adventure in a Nordic winter wonderland.  Stunning photography invites you to linger
    on each page, and the open ended finish to the book provides an opportunity to further engage in the story.  This is a lovely Christmas book that both adult and child will be happy to read over and over again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2013

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    The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert Anja's dream is to become one o

    The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert
    Anja's dream is to become one of Santa's elves.
    She prepared by doing things for others to get ready for the big day.
    Besides her horse she has help from a red cardinal and she knows what other signs to look for: stars, Northern lights, etc
    She has help from others and they are able to tell a tale from a book she is carrying.
    She is given something special by Santa and she wonders if she has dreamed all of this..
    What I like about this book besides the story are the pictures, brilliant colors and so many creatures to point out in their native land.
    I received this book from Edelweiss and Random House in exchange for my honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    I love this book, but buyer beware! Barnes and Noble still has n

    I love this book, but buyer beware! Barnes and Noble still has not delivered this book to my niece and it will be an entire month before they expect delivery to her door.
    I will order from Amazon next time.  I am very disappointed in the way Barnes and  Noble handles ship directs.
     

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Disappointed

    The pictures are not as good as the buildup states.For a children's book, I expected more.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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