by Michelle Houts


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An ordinary Danish Christmas turns extraordinary when a family overlooks an important folkloric tradition.

Christmas has come, and with it a sparkling white winterfrost over the countryside. But twelve-year-old Bettina’s parents have been called away unexpectedly, leaving her in charge of the house, the farm, and baby Pia. In all the confusion, Bettina’s family neglects to set out the traditional bowl of Christmas rice pudding for the tiny nisse who are rumored to look after the family and their livestock. No one besides her grandfather ever believed the nisse were real, so what harm could there be in forgetting this silly custom? But when baby Pia disappears during a nap, the magic of the nisse makes itself known. To find her sister and set things right, Bettina must venture into the miniature world of these usually helpful, but sometimes mischievous folk. A delightful winter adventure for lovers of the legendary and miraculous.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763665654
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Michelle Houts fell in love with the nisse folk more than twenty years ago while living in Denmark, where she became fascinated with their tales of mischief and fun. Her Danish friends continue to share nisse stories and an occasional sighting. Michelle Houts lives in west central Ohio.

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Winterfrost 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a magical, well written book for all ages! Makes a great Christmas present for those who have everything or an awesome stocking stuffer! Our whole family enjoyed it.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
As delicious as sprinkles on a warm sugar cookie! Winterfrost is a charming fictional story about a twelve-year-old girl and her baby sister living on a farm in Denmark. The Larsen family is getting ready to celebrate Christmas Eve and suddenly needs to go to the hospital, because the grandmother broke her hip. Meanwhile, Bettina Larsen, the 12-year old girl, has to stay on the farm all by herself with her baby sister, Pia! With all the commotion, the Larsen family forgot to put out a bowl of rice pudding for the nisse tradition! The nisse are tiny gnome-like creatures. Maybe the nisse are real, maybe they are not? You’ll have to read this book to find out! My favorite character is Bettina, because she is smart, brave, and happy, just like me! This book is full of action when Bettina has to be very brave in a difficult situation! She has to set things right before her parents come back from their week-long trip! There are tons of surprises throughout the book. The book is 259 pages, so it is suitable for children ages 7-12. Parents would like to read it with younger children, too! I give this book a 4 star rating. So, grab your warm blanket and curl up to enjoy Winterfrost! Review by Brooke Z., age 7, Delaware Valley Mensa
RachKC More than 1 year ago
I personally love Christmas time, and I enjoy reading stories that circulate around the holiday season. Winterfrost is a great winter tale with an interesting plot and setting. I plan on sharing it with the little girls I babysit. However, I do agree with another reviewer about jumping through hoops to get the story on my Nook. It wasn't at all convenient. ***I received a free copy of this book, and in exchange, I have provided an honest review.***