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The Santa Secret
     

The Santa Secret

by Carol Wallace, Steve Bjorkman (Illustrator)
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

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 Library

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Kirkus Reviews
Wallace and Bjorkman join forces again for their second easy-reader collaboration, this time with a Christmas theme. The text of this longer reader is divided into short chapters that help to increase the suspense as the holiday draws near. The family who is preparing for Christmas consists of two parents, two sons and a daughter named Kari, who is the middle child. She answers her parents' repeated requests for her gift list with the same reply, "Santa knows what I want." Both parents and brothers try to pry her wishes out of her to no avail, and she receives some nice but traditional gifts on Christmas morning. As the father starts to build a fire in the fireplace, the family dog hears scratching from the chimney. Just in the nick of time a soot-covered kitten is discovered: the answer to Kari's secret Christmas wish. The plot is rather pedestrian, though Bjorkman's distinctive watercolor-and-ink illustrations in his loose, flowing style add some pizzazz, as does the presence of the faithful family dog, a bloodhound named D.B. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823421268
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Series:
Holiday House Readers: Level 2 Series
Edition description:
Holiday House Reader, Level 2
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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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