Friday, December 2, 2011

Children's Book Review: Home for Christmas

Home for Christmas

Home For Christmas
Written by: Jan Brett
Published by: G.P. Putnam's Sons, a division of Penguin Youg Readers Group, 2011
 32 pages

A wild little troll runs away from home because he doesn't want to do his chores. Rollo tries living with various woodland animals, but he finds out that there is no place like home, and returns to his family just in time for "the best Christmas ever."

Among the animals who take him in are an owl family, a mother bear and two rambunctious cubs, some playful river otters, a hungry lynx and a friendly moose family.

Jan Brett creates an irresistible, mischievous character that kids will recognize in themselves. Jan transports us to a glorious Scandinavian landscape where a beautiful fall turns into a magnificent snowy winter. Her signature borders depict the troll family missing Rollo, and animals as appealing as those found in The Mitten.

A warm, fun-loving Christmas picture book for families to share and love and laugh over together.
* If you have a school-age child, then you have probably heard of and read Jan Brett books.  Teachers love her books!  The artwork is amazing with so much detail.  Her books need to be savored, turning the pages slowly and making sure you see everything going on in all of the borders.  Home for Christmas is a cute story about a little troll name Rollo who doesn't want to do chores.  He hasn't lost his tail yet, because he needs to do his chores and be kind and helpful.  Brett takes us on a journey through the Arctic North of Sweden (where she travelled to do research to write this book) with Rollo, as he meets new animal friends, and comes to realize that he wants to be home with his family for Christmas.  It was fun having the kids identify the animals as Rollo met them.  And I can't reiterate enough how beautiful the illustrations are.  Definitely a worthwhile holiday read! 
Family Rating: 2 thumbs up!

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