The Wild Christmas Reindeer

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For two decades, readers have loved this classic Christmas story, which was one of the first children?s books to hit the New York Times bestseller list. Now, this beautiful 20th anniversary edition, with a foil cover and a heartfelt note from Jan herself, makes a perfect introduction for new fans to this cherished yuletide story.

Featuring the wintry northern setting and the border illustrations that have become a hallmark of Jan?s work, readers will love watching Teeka?s ...

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Overview

For two decades, readers have loved this classic Christmas story, which was one of the first childrenÕs books to hit the New York Times bestseller list. Now, this beautiful 20th anniversary edition, with a foil cover and a heartfelt note from Jan herself, makes a perfect introduction for new fans to this cherished yuletide story.

Featuring the wintry northern setting and the border illustrations that have become a hallmark of JanÕs work, readers will love watching TeekaÕs humorous attempts to control the rambunctious reindeer in time for their Christmas run.

After a few false starts, Teeka discovers the best way to get Santa's reindeer ready for Christmas Eve.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Little Teeka's attempts to train Santa's reindeer for their Christmas ride meet with disaster until she realizes that she needs to work with the animals in a new way. ``Tomorrow,'' she says, ``no yelling, no screaming, and no bossing, I promise,'' and with her patient teaching, on Christmas Eve the ``wild reindeer rise up together and carry the sleigh off into the night.'' Brett's characteristic, richly detailed borders depict the activity at Santa's workshop as each day brings Teeka closer to Christmas. As with The Mitten , Brett makes use of Ukranian motifs--colorful embroidered costumes, festive garlands, carvings and cunning toys decorate every page. The reindeer themselves--sporting names like Lichen, Tundra and Bramble--provide most of the comic action in this sweet Christmas fantasy that shows Brett at her best. Ages 4-8. Sept.
School Library Journal
In a pristine wonderland set in the Arctic shadow of Santa's Winterfarm, Teeka trains the reindeer for their annual flight. After a week of fussing, she finally decides it is her fault that the reindeer have misbehaved: ``I've spent all my time yelling at you, instead of helping. I'm sorry.'' So then the reindeer, with such nontraditional names as Heather, Lichen, Crag, and Tundra, get with the program and come prancing in just under the wire. Brett uses side panels to show elves preparing the Christmas goodies before December 24, when Santa loads up. Borders of holiday symbols and a calendar countdown decorate each page. Told in a somewhat colloquial language, this tale with its humorous close-ups of stubborn reindeer and a sharp child protagonist should prove popular at story hours--but children may trample each other in order to see the many details Brett has crammed into her paintings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399221927
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2010
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 137,477
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.28 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Brett
Jan Brett's books regularly appear on The New York Times bestseller list. She lives in Norwell, Massachusetts.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2006

    My Favorite as a kid!

    This is such a cute story, your kids will love it, and it's a story that you adults will love. The illistrations are enchanting, and you'll notice that while the main story is going on, there is a sidebar with another story going on without any need for words!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2011

    Beautiful Illustrations

    This is a lovely book and sure to become part of our holiday traditions going forward.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2010

    Jan Does It Again

    This is another fine book by Jan Brett. My boys and I are especially fond of her amazing illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2000

    Beautifully written & illustrated

    This book was given to my son's in 1992 and every Christmas since they still enjoy the story and the wonderful illustrations. It has become a tradition to bring this book out every year. My youngest is 10 and just asked for it tonight. A great book for all ages.

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    Posted December 18, 2008

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