Helga Returns

Helga Returns

by Wendy Nystrom


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ISBN-13: 9780988847637
Publisher: Anchor Group
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Pages: 68
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.14(d)

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Helga Returns: James and Syvok Adventure 2 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Albinomex More than 1 year ago
We love James & his travels!, February 11, 2013 My kids & I really enjoyed Helga Returns. How can you go wrong with dragons, fairies, trolls, & magic? Great graphics too! This was a terrific sequel to James Saves the Moon.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Helga Returns - A James and Syvok Adventure by Wendy Nystrom is about the adventures of James for the second time. He finds a footprint and he asks his friends Syvok and Matthias to help him find out about the footprint. They discover that it is Helga's footprint and follow it into the troll village. Will they be able to save the troll and will Syvok and Matthias be able to save James? It is an absolutely delightful story for children. The story has many underlying messages in it. I liked the fact that it introduces them to glaciers. Any book is educational for a reader because it will have information to offer that gives you an opportunity to learn. The characters of James, Syvok, and Matthias capture the interest of the reader but the most appealing character is Helga, the troll. Iceland as a backdrop is another interesting aspect of this book. It is a magical story of James along with the two Icelanders, Syvok and Matthias. The story does not lose its tempo and the beautiful illustrations give the characters an identity which makes it easier for children to relate to them. The biggest advantage of adventure stories is that they encourage children to think and be imaginative. It gives them the freedom to dream, experiment, think differently, and create their own characters. I found the little trolls and dragonets very interesting and they add to the whimsical quality of the story.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 unicorns - Kids will really enjoy it!! **Won in a giveaway at Wendy’s Bookcase This story is a children’s book and about 35 pages long with lots of fun pictures.  I couldn’t get my son to sit and read with me.  He is too interested in being outside with his friends right now. At the start of the book, it reviews some of the things learned about Iceland.  There are some great lessons built into this book as well like not judging someone based on rumors and going out of your way for others even though they may not do the same for you.  I always tell my son he needs to be nice to everyone whether they are nice to him.  He asked me why before, and I asked him how do you feel when someone is not nice to you.  He told me bad, and then I asked do you want to make someone else feel that way.  He told me no.  I think this is a lesson every child should learn and maybe we can stop bullying for good.   Characters in this adventure were James, Syvok, and Matthias from the first adventure, but we also meet another new friend named Helga.  This adventure is inspired by a footprint discovered by James, and he wants to see who it belongs to. I think this is a great book to sit down and read with new readers.  You can use voices and make it an adventure, and kids will learn that they can see other worlds by reading.  When I visit by nieces and nephews, I will have to read this with them.
Cuanam More than 1 year ago
Taea (Age 6) will start our review as usual. "I liked this one better than the first one. I want to go to Iceland one day to see the places in the stories." Okay now that Taea had her small but very nice say in it, it's my turn lol! This story seems longer than James Saves the Moon. I found it a bit more enjoyable as well. James and Syvok can never seem to keep themselves out of trouble and this time was almost bad. But they made a new friend to share their adventures with. Being a children's book, I let the lack of contractions slide since children normally don't learn about those till second or third grade (I think) and not using them makes it a bit easier for the children to read the story. As with first book, this one too names places in Iceland and weaves another piece of their legendary lore into a memorable story. Wendy has made fans out of my children and they eagerly await to hear book 3. I give this book 5 of 5 paws
MommaLubSimpson More than 1 year ago
Wendy Nystrom has a knack for keeping ADHD/Special needs children entertained and enthused. My son is 9, and he adores this book more than I can tell you! He daily reads Helga and also James Saves the Moon. Something about it just captures him. Wendy has some of the most eye-catching illustrations made to capture the essence of the story. The more I've read this the more I realize, it really is a story of lessons, but adventure, and a journey as well. James and his best friend Syvok take a journey, and on that journey they learn many things children need to know in life. Wendy has an extra-ordinary ability to write in details of her story that capture a child. Helga is a troll who makes a return after many years of quiet, and why was Helga not there to begin with, and who saved Helga in the midst of chaos---find out by reading! I love what James has going on, and how true to life the story could be. Honestly, this is a remarkable follow-up to Wendy's first book-James Saves the Moon! Your children will be captivated by a story of another land-they may never be able to venture to in person, but in imagination and spirit James will be their best friend! Adventures and thrill ravel the pages! *Thanks for this awesome adventure Wendy!*