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Posted March 8, 2010
I knew this book was special the moment it arrived in the mail. Beautifully packaged and beautiful on the inside, it oozes Christmas spirit. My 2-year-old daughter loves it, insists it is her book, and has sat through an entire reading, even though she's a little young for the story.
It starts with a fun 4-page fold-out puzzle - a map of the North Pole with a magnifying bookmark to help locate numbers. And there's another night-time fold-out map in the back with more pieces to the puzzle. Perfect for the sleuthing junior.
And between the maps is a story that will touch everyone's heart. This North Pole tale is about an elf sled race tradition, a crafty uncle who loves his niece and nephew, and a young boy and girl who think they've outgrown kisses. Until they hear the story of how Mr. and Mrs. Claus met - the kiss that saved Santa's life, and continues to inspire him. "You're never too young or too old to show love. It's what magic and soul and good things are made of."
The story is beautifully told, with the Claus legend in rhyme. Filled with colorful illustrations, this book is a perfect Christmas gift for the 6-12 year-olds and older! It looks, feels, and reads like quality, and the story is one you'll want to pull out and re-read each year. While I generally prefer Christmas books that deal with Christ's birth, this is one Santa book I don't mind having on my shelf.
Posted October 25, 2009
In "The Great Mrs. Claus", we enter into the magical workshop of Santa's most trusted elf, Sparky. Sparky who is in the process of making a new sled for his nephew Rassle when he and his sister Klee-Klee, wander into the workshop to say their goodnights to their uncle. After discovering that his niece and nephew have decided that they are too old for good night kisses, Sparky begins the story of how Santa and Mrs. Claus met. In the middle of the story Sparky after picking up the paintbrush to paint the sled he is making begins to sneeze, splattering red paint all over the place. Thinking that he is allergic to the paint he is worried that Santa will find out. As the story of Santa and Mrs. Claus begins to unwind, we see that it was Sparky that introduced Santa to Mrs. Claus, and she was the one to save Christmas by a single kiss. After hearing the story Klee-Klee and Rassle decide that they are never too old for a good night kiss. Rassle has also discovered that uncle Sparky is not allergic to the paint but the glue instead saving his uncle from being embarrassed.
"The Great Mrs. Claus", is a heartwarming story that will both please and delight both the young and the young at heart. With beautifully drawn illustrations by Cesar De Castor that will immediately capture your eye and the brilliantly crafted lyrics by Chris A. Shoemaker, one cannot go wrong with this book. Capturing the essence of Christmas while spreading the message that 'you're never too young or too old to show love, It's what magic and soul and good things are made of '. "The Great Mrs. Claus", is not only a book, but truly a work of art for the heart. Equipped with wonderful values, lively artwork, lyrical content, and an interactive map of the North Pole that comes with a magnifying glass, "The Great Mrs. Claus", is guaranteed to become a family favorite for generations to come.
Posted October 20, 2009
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Posted October 14, 2009
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The Great Mrs. Claus is a wonderful, magical tale. The book itself is much bigger that I anticipated, but it needs to be to fully appreciate illustrations by Cesar De Castro.
This tale tells the story of the oft-unsung hero of the Santa Empire. It tells how Sata and Mrs. Claus met.
I read this to my children and they were captivated. I have had to put it up high from little fingers. My oldest boy said it would be a great story to read as a family on Christmas Eve.
With two foldout pictures of The North Pole, daytime and nighttime; and all the illustrations make this as visually appealing as the story itself.
With a list of things to find and magnifying glass attached to the book with a ribbon, my children were occupied for an hour.
The story itself is sweet and pleasant. It's truly a book that can be enjoyed by children, adults and especially as a family.
It's the perfect book to curl up as a family in front of a fire, with marshmallows and hot cocoa, on Christmas Eve.
Chris A. Shoemaker has outdone himself in his first foray into the world of children's books.
Posted August 27, 2009
Hard at work on a sled for his nephew Rassle to use in the annual Glitterlit Mountain Downhill sled races, Sparky put everything on hold when Rassle and Klee-Klee came in to say goodnight to their favorite Uncle. When they informed Uncle Sparky that since they were now 9 and 12 years old, they no longer needed bedtime kisses, not even from Uncle Sparky. Fearing they were growing up quicker than he expected, he decided it was time to tell a tale that might change there minds about that goodnight kiss. The telling of this story would be easy, since Sparky had been one of Santa Claus's closest and most trusted elves for such a long time. Reaching back into his memory, he started the tale of the first trip that Santa made to deliver his toys. Back then Santa was a young, single man and when trouble struck he turned to Sparky for the help he needed to make it through one of the worst storms anyone had ever seen.
I enjoyed the playfulness of the children with their Uncle. The sneezing bit adds even more fun for the kids, even though at first it kind of seemed like that was why they didn't want to give him a hug and kiss goodnight. The story about Santa fist meeting Miss Suzie McEase, the soon to be Mrs. Claus was in the format of a poem. With the rhyming cadence of the story it's pattern was easily formed, and then broken when the kids started getting restless (as kids tend to do sometimes). The rhythm was easily picked up again as the story got back on track. The story did the trick and thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Claus, both Rassle and Klee-Klee willingly gave Uncle Sparky a goodnight kiss. With the addition of the wonderful illustrations, that are by Cesar De Castro, the beautiful poem and the cute story to match, this is a good read-aloud story that kids will enjoy for many Christmas times to come. I read this to my 8 and 10 year olds (even though it is not Christmas time yet) and they enjoyed the way the pictures so accurately depicted the story, they laughed at Uncle Sparky's sneezes and at Santa falling down. They thought that Mrs. Claus was sweet, and so was Klee-Klee. They would like to hear this story again, whether it is Christmas time or not. They also really enjoyed the two seek-and-find pages, double wide with a plastic magnifying window on a super long ribbon. One, a day time view of Santa's North Pole, the other a night time view of the North Pole, including a seek-and-find question and answer combination - what fun.
Posted February 26, 2009
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