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Home for Christmas [Kindle Edition]

Jan Brett
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • File Size: 6263 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (November 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic illustrations, just okay storytelling November 6, 2011
Home for Christmas tells the story of a naughty troll who doesn't want to do his chores. After a brief visit to some other families (owls,otters, moose, and bears), he learns that his family was pretty great after all! When he learns his lesson and loses his tail, something that happens to all GOOD, helpful little trolls, he joins his family for a lavish Christmas celebration that is beautifully illustrated with Brett's trademark detail.

It's impossible to look at a Jan Brett creation and not marvel at the artistic skill on display. The illustrations for Home for Christmas are as beautiful as ever, with enough sidebars, embellishments and flourishes to keep kids coming back for more. Unfortunately the storytelling is not all that spectacular or original, so this is not one of my Brett favorites. Our troll learns a good lesson, and it is a heartwarming tale for Christmas, but it just didn't have the impact I was expecting. This is a must have for the Brett enthusiasts out there, just not my first choice for Christmas.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop reading this... November 11, 2011
We bought this at a Jan Brett book signing and haven't stopped reading it since. My almost-4-year-old asks me to read this to her at least twice a day! She really identifies with Rollo and wants to be a troll for next Halloween. We love looking at the pictures and the beautiful insets for which Jan Brett is famous. "It has wonderful illustrations and perfect storytelling" (from my 7 year old). "What I like about it is that I really love the pictures - they're so beautiful" (from my 3 year old). Our favorite bits: check out the pig's ear-hat and the cat's toy at the end. A definite warm-hearted must for the holiday season!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated winter tale November 11, 2011
This is the charming story of Rollo, a naughty young troll, who runs away from home in order to evade his chores, has some wonderful adventures with a variety of northern animals, and learns the value of family and kindness. The story closes with a beautiful Scandinavian Christmas celebration. Each page is rich with detail and brings alive its Swedish folklore setting. It's also a wonderful introduction to the lives of northern animals: owls, bears, otters, lynx, and moose.

Jan Brett's illustrations are as magnificent as ever. Each page has an intricate birchbark "frame," with smaller pictures tucked into the side of the frame which point to other parts of the story. They're perfect illustrations for allowing the child to help tell the story: much of the detail one notices in the illustrations isn't repeated in the text. While the storyline is more predictable than The Hat or The Mitten, it's charming and good for reading aloud.

Curl up with your child and some mugs of cider and enjoy this book together on a long winter evening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Illustrations November 28, 2011
What I like about the book: I loved the illustrations. I always love Brett's illustrations. Not only is Home For Christmas full of Brett's trademark illustrations it also contains a valuable lesson on kindness and responsibility. In true picture book fashion, as much of the story is told in the pictures as in the text. We see Rollo's adventures in the main pictures and text while seeing his family's story in the heart shaped vignettes included in the borders of the pages. This is a great holiday picture book for readers of all ages.

What I didn't like about the book: LOVED it all!

Recommended for pre-school and up.

AR Reading Level: Not an AR book as of November 28, 2011

Mrs. Archer's rating: 5 of 5! I have already added this to my next book order for the school library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jan Brett scores again! November 18, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm a huge fan of Ms. Brett. Her artwork is fantastic and so full of living detail. In this book, she teaches the lesson that everyone needs to help at home to make things work right. When the little boy decides that it would be nicer to run away from home than have to do chores, he finds out that it's not that easy on your own. Brett's books usually always have a main storyline going on across two pages and the sub-story going on in the pictures in the margins. I don't actually buy these books for kids anymore as much as I collect them for myself. This is a must have for every child and child-at-heart on your Christmas list. Fall in love with Jan Brett like I have and you'll have to get all her books, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite book with an important message June 9, 2013
By Calimom
We received this book when my now 3 year old was 2 1/2. It has been her choice for a good night story since we got it! My five year old also loves it. In fact, I do too: I havn't gotten tired of it yet. We like the different animals that Rollo meets along the way. There is some information about how each animals lives, eats or shelters. We enjoy the details and interesting drawings, that are so alive.

Most importatnly, the story sends a wonderful message about family and the work it takes ALL OF US to do, to make a house a home. My kids have chores, just like I do, no allowance, no praise: we all have to work to make it happen. Home for Christmas makes it clear that a house is a happy home when we all work together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Children love Jan Brett December 12, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What can I say...children love Jan Brett's stories & exquisite detailed watercolors. Tells the story in pictures & poetic words beautifully. Added to my collection that started for my grand-daughter & continue for her daughter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love all Jan Brett books!
Published 2 months ago by Gail
5.0 out of 5 stars For our families
We buy a book every Christmas and send them to all out families. This is a wonderful book with a great story and our families enjoy it.
Published 2 months ago by Robert E Lutz
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice way to teach children the importance of chores & helping out.
Great illustrations as usual from Jan Brett. Christmas time themed story with an important lesson for children. LOVE IT. Even for a 10 year old. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Northern Border Family
5.0 out of 5 stars Great seasonal story
Jan Brett treats this story of a young troll with her usual expertise and artistic genius. Makes an excellent holiday gift.
Published 7 months ago by Anita P. Camplese
5.0 out of 5 stars Brett is wonderful
We love Jan Brett and this book does not disappoint. Her beautiful illustrations and fun story lines are always interesting.
Published 7 months ago by Santa's Elf
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Beautiful Jan Brett book, she is great. Gift for young children, just gorgeous pictures. Arrived timely, & in good shape.
Published 8 months ago by Candy Driver-Ratigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Swedish Karen
I read many books by Jan Brett. I was a child that grew up in a Swedish family. Now, I'm about to become a grandmother for the first time and I'm delighted that my daughter wants... Read more
Published 8 months ago by larikaya
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite.
I love Jan Brett, but this is not my favorite. Maybe because some of the characters were foreign to me.
Published 8 months ago by Patty Huffman
5.0 out of 5 stars My three year old talked about this book all night after we read it
My three year old (and I) absolutely love this book. It is about a little troll named Rollo who runs away from home and has adventures with different animals and learns a lesson... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Passau
4.0 out of 5 stars The illustrations make the story
I agree with the reviewer who said that the pictures are fantastic, while the story itself is decent if not spectacular. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Zenaviva
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Jan Brett is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gingerbread Friends, The Three Snow Bears, and The Mitten, as well as many other classics. She lives in Norwell, Massachusetts.


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