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Auntie Claus Paperback – September 27, 2010

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Spoiled Sophie Kringle is bound and determined to find out the truth, once and for all, about her mysterioso Auntie Claus, who serves Christmas cookies in July and fills her penthouse with glittery Christmas lights all year long. In this lavish gift edition of the bestselling picture book, Auntie Claus, by Elise Primavera, Oscar-, Tony-, and Golden Globe-winning actress Ellen Burstyn provides a dramatic reading of the story in a CD, while mesmerized children can read along in the handsome hardcover book. Even more festive, a sparkly gold key ornament is also included, adding the perfect touch for the Christmas tree. For all those children who stay off the B-B-and-G Christmas List (bad boys and girls), here is a terrific holiday treat that lets the true spirit of giving shine through. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

After making a smashing debut in a bestselling picture book, the inimitable leading lady is back in the Auntie Claus Gift Set. The elegant package contains a hardcover, a CD narrated by actress Ellen Burstyn and an ornament in the shape of a golden key.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547406223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547406220
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.4 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Elise Primavera has been writing and illustrating children's books for more than twenty-five years. She has received numerous awards for her work and in 2004 was asked to illustrate the Christmas Brochure for the White House. Her bestselling book AUNTIE CLAUS has sold over half a million copies and is in active development for a feature length animated movie. Elise wrote her first novel the popular SECRET ORDER OF THE GUMM STREET GIRLS in 2006. Her second illustrated novel LIBBY OF HIGH HOPES, arrived in 2012. Her latest book MS. RAPSCOTT'S GIRLS, also an illustrated middle grade novel, will be out in January 2015 from Dial Books for Young Readers. For more information visit www.eliseprimavera.com

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
How refreshing to come across Sophie Kringle and Auntie Claus in this unusual Christmas story! Finally, two strong female characters in a book with a sense of humor...sure, Sophie is a bit of a brat, but she has such a self-assured sense of adventure; Auntie Claus sees to it that Sophie develops a kind heart as well, in this beautifully illustrated book so chock full of Christmas that I'm already shopping for those little hard candies! Bravo, Ms. Primavera!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Auntie Claus is an original take on the goings-on at the North Pole each year. Not only do we find out about Santa Claus, but we find out about his whole family and what they do during the rest of year. The story is cute and funny and the illustrations are beautiful and set the tone for the book. The contrast between New York City and the North Pole is wonderful - in both the story and the pictures.
My children loved the book and were on the edge of their seats waiting to see what would next happen to Sophie at each step of the story. Ms. Primavera has really captured the feeling of what it's like to be a child and my children felt like they were at the North Pole with Sophie going through her adventure.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Auntie94 on November 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. I orginally bought this book to read to my six year-old niece. She and her friends love to call me Auntie, and I was excited when I saw the title.
When I sat down to read her this book, I knew this was the right book. My niece is spoiled, but she is not as bad as Sophie and her brother Chris the characters in this book. My sister and I were trying to find a way to get across the reason every year at Christmas, we give some of her toys and we buy news toys to donate to children who don't have as much as she does. She just never quite understood the concept.
I love how Auntie Claus trys to tell Sophie that the number one rule is "It is better to give, then to receive". When Sophie stows away to see where Auntie Claus goes from Halloween until Valentines Day, I knew the book was going to get even better.
The B-B & G List was a great part of the book. I read that part to my niece and was able to tell her, that I was once on that list and all Santa left for me was Coal in my stocking (true story). I told her if she continued asking for things everytime we went shopping and whining when we said no, that she would be just like Sophie's little brother and get her name on the B-B & G List. And when at the end Sophie finally learned to take her brothers place on the list, so he wouldn't be disappointed, that was good.
Now when I read the book to my niece she gets to say the number one rule everytime it appears in the book. And I have her explain what it means.
I hope more books like this are written. I will keep this book and bring it out throughout the year, when I think my niece has forgotten the number one rule.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I hope, there are very few children, who are on the B-B-and G list {Bad Boys and Girls}, therefore missing out on the wonderful AUNTIE CLAUS as a Christmas present. On the opening page you can practically smell the chestnuts on the streets of NYC. The narration flows along effortlessly with pictures so alive, it's like being in the movies! These beautiful paintings are so vibrant, they can barely be contained between the two covers. Christmas is a feast full of expectations, promise, mystery, surprises, love and hope. You'll find all this here!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am an "Auntie Claus" and as my niece gets spoiled from Christmas, I want her to remember that it is better to give than receive. What a great book to grow up with - wonderful illustrations and a sweet story. Sophie's parents know what her aunt is doing, Sophie just needs to learn for herself and so will Kris. I thought it was just wonderful, Darling!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Our class liked the whole story because it was very exciting.Emily couldn't put it down.It was cool when Sophie hid in the box.The Illustrations were good and colorful.We think this is a good book for little children who believe in Santa.Some children thought it was unbelieveable.We wish the book could of been longer.We really felt it was in the Christmas Spirit!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P Dask on October 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Way to go Auntie Claus! This beautiful book is perfect for little ones--not too in depth for them to get confused---but still teaches the moral value of giving instead of receiving. The colors are vivid and eye-catching, the story raises kids curiosity and keeps them on the edge of their seats.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a really lovely book. I read it with my nephew for Christmas and we both enjoyed it. The story is sweet and powerful. I loved that it makes aunts so magical and fascinating. The illustrations are really fun. Most surprising for me was that my nephew was still thinking about the story more than an hour after we'd read it ... an amazing thing for this unbelievably short-attention-spanned boy! His final comment: "I really liked that. I wish it had been a pop-up book, don't you?" And he's right--the illustrations are so fun you wish they came right up off the page at you.
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