Gr 1-3-When Kari's family asks her what she would like for Christmas, she confidently retorts, "Santa knows!" After many creative but unsuccessful attempts to get her to reveal her wish, Christmas arrives and, to everyone's surprise and relief, Kari mysteriously does get exactly what she wanted-a kitten. The well-paced story incorporates the family bloodhound's thoughts and olfactory observations, adding a bit of amusement and making it appealing to children. The full-color, expressive cartoon drawings of a white middle-class family play an integral part in helping youngsters decode and understand the text. This should be a popular choice for newly independent readers.-Maureen Wade, Los Angeles Public LibraryCopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
The Santa Secretby Carol Wallace, Steve Bjorkman (Illustrator)
It's almost Christmas, and everyone in Kari's family hopes Santa will bring a special present. But Kari won't tell anyone what she wants, even when her brothers warn her she might end up with underwear! It's Santa's secret, she says. By Christmas morning, Kari's secret present still hasn't arrive . . . until the family bloodhound hears a funny noise coming from the chimney.
Santa works his magic in this spirited easy reader.
Meet the Author
Carol Wallace is the author of Turkeys Together, which School Library Journal called a "sweet tale." She lives with her husband, author Bill Wallace, in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
Steve Björkman has illustrated over seventy books for children. He lives in southern California.
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