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Baby Elf's Christmas Board book – September 23, 2008

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About the Author

Jane Cowen-Fletcher is the author-illustrator of the beloved BABY ANGELS as well as the picture book NELL'S ELF. She lives in South Berwick, Maine.
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Product Details

  • Board book: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Brdbk edition (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763632503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763632502
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 5.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kay Goettsche on November 10, 2008
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I am a collector of Christmas books. I have four grandchildren who are in various stages of reading. I ask each of them to read me a story when we are together. The artwork and the story are just precious. Even my older grandkids will think this is great - I do.

I plan to display it during Christmas time to allow more people to enjoy it.

Mary Kay
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pam - because someone must be a thorn TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 15, 2009
Format: Board book
This is a cute little book for the preschool and under crowd (although my two kiddos were the ones who pulled it down from the library shelves to peruse.)

The color scheme is predominantly red and green as you might expect. And the principle subjects are an sweet baby elf with big brown eyes and an impish grin. His buddy is an equally adorable mouse with a cheerful red ribbon around his/her neck.

The book is a sturdy boardbook 18 pages in length. There is rhyme on every other page The lyrics are pretty good and the book as a whole makes for a Good Read-aloud. Here's a sample:

He likes to mix
and stir and bake.
Christmas is the time to make...

some sweet gift to give away
with lots of love on
Christmas Day.

Now given how nice this book is, there are some things that some people are going to wish were included. For one, there is no religious intent to this book, and given the origins of the holiday some are going to see that as an oversight. For others, there might be a problem with the fact that the little elf receives his friend, the mouse, as a gift. But too each their own. I liked the book, as did my 7 and 9 year olds. They thought the two buddies were so sweet.

Wrap-Up:::
Sweet boardbook for those celebrating baby's first Christmas. The artwork is very delightful, and there are nice sentiments like giving to others, and sharing kisses and hugs.

Young children will love the baby and mouse duo. They will also love to see the two sing songs and play with ribbons and boxes, and look with wonder at the fairies who sit in the branches holding colorful lights. And everyone will smile to see the little elf baby adding sprinkles to frosted star cookies (a gift for others). And mommies and daddies will love the last verses:

"Merry Christmas, Baby dear,
is so much merrier
with you here!"

Pam T~
mom and reviewer for BooksforKids-reviews
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cathy the Domestic Engineer VINE VOICE on December 12, 2012
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Admittedly I ordered this book exclusively because the little elf looks just like my son! The illustrations are beautiful, a bit more subdued and gentle than most of his books, and the story is sweet. I gave this only 4 stars because my son thinks it is just ok. Typically by the middle of the book he is stirring around and by the end he has lost interest. My baby is only 6 1/2 months but he loves to be read to. He will sit and look at much longer books while I read to him but this one just doesn't interest him nearly as much. I hope your kids will appreciate it more than mine!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LMM on February 4, 2011
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The pictures and text are so sweet, and great to read to your baby for baby's first Christmas. "Merry Christmas baby dear, is so much merrier with you here."
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I have an 18-month-old who loves to read everyday but I have noticed that she has a better attention span for the books that rhyme and have just the right number of pages. So whenever I purchase books for her, I really try to read them first. Baby Elf's Christmas was a hit after we bought it last week. She can get pretty rough on her books as she not only reads them but chews on them, so it being a board book was a big plus on my shopping list. She loves the pictures and requests that we read this book to her every night before she sleeps. I would recommend this book to any little one! I'm sure it would make a perfect stocking stuffer.
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By Elle on February 21, 2009
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Ever since my son got this book for Christmas (a few months ago) he wants me to read it to him everyday! He's 1 - but I think children up to 3-4 would like it! It's such a sweet book - the pictures are great. The little elf's face is just precious : ) Each page has a nice little rhyme - so it's fun to read. You will love it!
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This is just one of those books that melts your heart. The elf baby is adorable, the story is sweet and funny but simple, and the length is perfect to read to a baby. One of my favorite of our son's Christmas baby books.
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