The Elf on the Shelf (Light Skinned - Boy)

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The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition™ is an activity the entire family will enjoy. Based on the tradition Carol Aebersold began with her family in the 1970s, this cleverly rhymed children's book explains that Santa knows who is naughty and/or nice because he sends a scout elf to every home. During the holiday season, the elf watches children by day and reports to Santa each night. When children awake, the elf has returned from the North Pole and can be found hiding in a different location. This activity ...
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Overview

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition™ is an activity the entire family will enjoy. Based on the tradition Carol Aebersold began with her family in the 1970s, this cleverly rhymed children's book explains that Santa knows who is naughty and/or nice because he sends a scout elf to every home. During the holiday season, the elf watches children by day and reports to Santa each night. When children awake, the elf has returned from the North Pole and can be found hiding in a different location. This activity allows The Elf on the Shelf to become a delightful hide-and-seek game.

Each Tradition-in-a-Box™ comes with its very own scout elf, a hardbound children's book and a keepsake box for easy storage.

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Every year, Santa sends a scout elf to each home to report on whether its little boys and girls have been naughty or nice. With this tradition-in-a-box activity kit, families will be able to search each day for Santa's secret helper. A game that builds anticipation for Christmas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976990703
  • Publisher: CCA and B, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: Elf on the Shelf Series
  • Edition description: Boy-Light Skinned
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 56,861
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.08 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 2.83 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2009

    Greatest thing ever!!!

    What a brilliant concept!! My nephew is 4 and is totally enamored of the elf, and has been on amazingly good behavior since discovering him. My sister gives me elf updates each day, which I can't wait to hear. What a super holiday tradition!

    30 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

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    great

    I bought a lot of books for my children this past week, and the elf on the shelf was one of them. It's good book. would recommend

    22 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

    I had to buy it!

    When I was a little boy in the 1960's, my best friend and I used to love to play with these Christmas decorator figurines-- we called them "Pixies." For years I have looked and looked to find a "pixie" to have at Christmas like the ones we had as kids. We found them cheap at the fabric store, drugstore, etc, around Christmas time. When I saw this figurine in B&N, I went wild! Obviously the author has based this figure exactly on those 1960's elf/pixie figurines we used to play with. It is exactly the same. But I had to get the one with the expensive book though-- the stuffed ones are not exactly like them, just this book edition figure. 30 dollars is a lot to pay for a Pixie that I used to get for less than a dollar, but it was worth it- I had to get it.

    20 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2009

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    Good concept, but creepy..

    Although I do agree with the concept and find it an extra special way to get children eager and excited for Christmas (and even as a tool to keep them on their best behavior!) I still find the thing creepy as heck. Sorry. No matter where you move, his eyes follow you and it's just unsettling! I almost feel like he is going to jump off the mantle and chase after me. Again, good concept! Won't deny that, but that doesn't make it any less eerie.

    17 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

    I didn't read it but my grandchildren adore it-

    Here is what I heard from my daughter after it arrived
    "The Elf on the Shelf came, and it is a huge hit. We have moved him each night, and every morning the kids are so excited to see where he is in the house. It helps to get them moving on school days - an added bonus. Plus we have convinced the kids that he sometimes winks at them when they do something good. They have named him "Silverado" (Max wanted Silver, and we thought this would be a bit more interesting). Thank you for a wonderful gift!!"

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Excellent kit and book

    We purchased this by recommendation from a friend and it helped us get through the Christmas season and was a wonderful read. The kids (5,4,3) remembered things from the book and asked questions for weeks and I was able to put a faith based concept into the story line with no problem. I would recommend this to anyone who would also like help in the behavior area as well.

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2010

    Not worth it

    Although a cute story. Not worth the fuss. This is an expensive venture for parents. Not to mention that this clever elf drives parents crazy especially when the elf hides in the same spot more than once.
    My kids 3, 5, & 9 did not buy into the whole thing. Our elf spent about 2 weeks at the North pole before Christmas to help Santa get ready for his big trip (as told by my 5 year old).

    10 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2009

    Daily fun and a special family tradition

    A LONG LASTING TRADITION....I attended a X-mas party for moms in early Dec 2009 and they were all raving about "Elf on a Shelf" and their experiences. I had never heard of Elf on a Shelf before but it sounded adorable (plus, I could use the extra help of an elf during the holidays!!!). When the elf arrived in the mail, I was surprised at how life-like the elf is! We read the storybook that night and the next day my daughter (she is 3) happily searched for "Jackie the Elf" (its what she decided to name him). Each morning since Jackie arrived at our home, my daughter has fun finding him. Along with providing daily fun, Jackie has also helped me with discipline. When my daughter acts out or disobeys, all I have to do is talk to Jackie and she knows he is going to go back to Santa that night and report it if she misbehaves. Jackie gives us the chance to talk about her behavior for the day and she tells me herself if she thinks she is on Santa's NICE list or NAUGHTY list each day.

    The moms at the party spoke fondly of their "Elf on a Shelf" experiences and even though this has been my first year of daily elf visits, I can tell that this is a family tradition that will last. The price is kind of high, in my opinion, but the tradition is now set and worth the money in the long run. I would HIGHLY recommend it. My brother and his wife just had a baby and I wish I had thought to give this to them as one of their gifts for X-mas!!!

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2009

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    Children Love This Book!

    This book is great for Christmas! When children read this book about Santa's little Elf, it shows them the true meaning of being Naughty and Nice. This will definitely have children appreciate everything about Christmas with this book. My neice loves this book and begs her mother to read it to her every night.

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2009

    What a great purchase!!

    Our whole family loves this! Our Elf, Buddy, even hides from me! (Mom)...Our daughters (7 and 10) excitedly tell their friends about Buddy and his latest hiding spots. Wish I would have thought of this!!!

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Good Idea

    My soon to be 3 year old would wake up every morning to see where her Elf would be. Brings the whole Santa thing to the child everyday, with something concrete that they can see and in doing so keeps them behaving. Adds that special magical Christmas spirit to us as well. I would highly recommend this as another tradition that can be started to be remembered fondly in years to come.

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2008

    I LOVE MY ELF

    My mom bought this for me and my brother. My elf Benji is the cutest elf ever! I love how you have to find him. You can also tell your elf what you want for Christmas! My elf Benji is so magical and I love him. I believe everyone should own a scout elf because they're magical.

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2008

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    This is the best thing ever!!!

    I gave a copy of The Elf on the Shelf to my sister-in-law and her children (8, 5, and 2) ate-it-up. They absolutely loved it. Nearly every day I heard stories about where their elf---"Zigs" was hiding. They were amazed their elf could actually fly to Santa and give him updates. It was so cute and it made all of us believe again...

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2011

    Great!! Enough Said.

    My review is a review of the people complaining about the elf. This shows that there is always negative people that will complain about anything. Complaining that this elf is not good because it doesnt have feet or that your child was scared says nothing about the Elf but everything about You. Come on Really?

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2010

    Bad Parenting

    The worst book ever. It was meant to scar your children for life.

    6 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Elf on the Shelf - great family tradition!

    Words cannot describe how wonderful "Elf on the shelf" is. This was our first year, and my 6 year old son instantly fell in love! He and his little brother would search for "Tinsel" first thing every morning. We were all sad to see "Tinsel" head back to the "North Pole", but are looking forward to seeing him next Christmas!<BR/>I recommend this to anyone and everyone with children. It is truly a great family tradition. The best part was listening while my children tried to pick out a name for our new friend.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Shipping to Canada too slow!

    Don't order this product if you live in Canada...takes much longer than actual estimated delivery time. And staff not helpful with trying to track package. It's been 20 days and still haven't received it!!

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2010

    Elf on the Shelf

    Was entertaining to my grandchildren and keep them looking to see where the elf was. I do recommend this fun activity.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2008

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    An Opportunity to Share Our Culture

    I lucked out and our store had the Shelf on the Elf Activty Book, too.<BR/><BR/>This was made for homes, but I plan to put it up in my Sunday School Classrooom where there are many hispanic children, and share the story which reinforces concienciousness. Of course, I'll add we should always behave as if God himself knows as what we do always matters. Then, before my preschool class, there's a couple of hours where a group gravitates to my room to play, and I'm going to let them work on the Activity Book. <BR/><BR/>I try to keep Sunday School guidance informal before their specific class at noon, so that they can feel free about down to earth devotionals, talking about real things now, and associate Church with a joyous gathering as it should be. This gives them much more time for interactive conversation and play.<BR/><BR/>I keep an eye out for things like this that may help me be a better Sunday School teacher.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2010

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    Takes Christmas to terrifying new heights

    Creepy, reminds me of those Chucky doll movies. What kid wants to think that there is some mutant little elf running around their house watching them....

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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