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Mrs. Claus Takes A Vacation Hardcover – October 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439779782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439779784
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5–Santa tours the world every year, but Mrs. Claus never goes anywhere. Fed up, she hitches a reindeer to the sleigh, promises to be back by Christmas Eve, and heads off on her own world tour. Santa is filled with anxiety (Mrs. Claus isn't used to warm weather. She'll get sunburned!). Meanwhile, Mrs. Claus and a reindeer are having a splendid time. But she begins to miss her husband, and when she starts seeing signs of Christmas everywhere, decides to head home. After a lovely reunion, it's time for Santa to start out on his yearly rounds, and this time he invites her to come along for the ride. From the postcard-inspired cover to the sweetly romantic finale, Alsenas's acrylic illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to the tender tale. Mrs. Claus is plump and jolly, and her adventures exuberantly fill entire spreads. Santa, whose pictures are framed with holiday symbols, is a little smaller and sadder. All of the characters have wonderfully expressive faces, and there are plenty of fun details. A great addition to any seasonal storytime.–Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
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PW
Tired of "snow, snow, and more snow!" a cranky Mrs. Claus packs her bags and her passport to see a bit more of the world in this playful peek at the North Pole's First Couple. Santa's hangdog expression contrasts with his wife's snazzy smile as newcomer Alsenas depicts their separate pursuits (e.g., first-time gingerbread baking for him, reading romance novels on the beach for her) in a series of humorous, well-chosen scenes, if unevenly executed. Christmas Eve finds the dynamic duo reunited, with Santa planning for that annual globe-trotting sleigh ride-for two. Ages 3-5.(Oct.)

HB
Tired of being stuck at home all the time, Mrs. Claus sets off in the sleigh on a solo trip around the world. She enjoys the change of scene and has "no trouble making friends," but by the time she visits the Taj Mahal, Mrs. Claus misses Santa. Her homesickness worsens as she starts seeing signs of Christmas everywhere, and she knows it's time to head back. Meanwhile, Santa keeps himself busy, baking his first batch of cookies and decorating the house for the holidays, but he's very happy to see his wife again. Alsenas's wry, folksy illustrations alternate between cozily framed images of the domesticated Santa and full-bleed, double-page spreads of Mrs. Claus following her bliss (on the beach and at a sushi bar, for example). The story's home-is-where-the-heart-is sentiment will resonate with frequent fliers and armchair travelers alike. K.F.

Kirkus
In his debut, Alsenas offers a modern Mrs. Claus and an expressive Santa with a range of
emotions that extends beyond jolly. As the story opens, Mrs. Claus is pale and overworked for good reason–she's “never taken a vacation in her life,” poor woman! When she decides that it's now her turn to enjoy some world travels, she leaves Santa at home with the cat and takes off with the sleigh and a single reindeer. Subsequent spreads alternate between her travel adventures (sunbathing at a beach resort, folk dancing in Scandinavia, eating sushi in Japan) and Santa's lonely preparations for Christmas back home at the North Pole. (The elves are apparently too busy in the toy factory to help.)
Just before the holiday, Mrs. Claus flies home to a warm welcome from her newly appreciative husband, who invites her to accompany him on his Christmas Eve journey. This quietly told story offers some insights into the value of traveling to new places, how it feels to be the one left behind and the meaning of shared experiences.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ryan W. Higginson on October 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
All readers, young and old, will appreciate this one!

The author brings a spark of life and personality to the etherial Mrs. Claus, and heightens the reader's appreciation for the story through brilliant illustration. The story is great, the artistic detail is wonderful, and the book is sure to become a standard for Christmas reading in the years to come.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ebenezer Kezar on October 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
With sweetness and sympathy, the author-illustrator gives Mrs. Claus a chance to shine in this lovely holiday book. Hard-working homemakers in particular will enjoy sharing this story about what happens when Mrs. Claus decides she needs a break from taking care of the homefront--that she wants to see the world, too. What she sees and what Santa does while she's away makes for wonderful comedy, with just the right touch of longing. A sweet, tender Christmas treat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kate on May 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I gave this book to my young cousins and neighbors for Christmas this past year, and it has been a big hit with all of them! Mrs. Claus Takes a Vacation is a beautiful book that tells a lovely and original story. The illustrations are very detailed and clever (it's fun to spot the reindeer) and introduce children to new places as well (Mrs. Claus eating sushi in Japan is particularly cute, and the Lithuanian folk dance spread is charming!). I highly recommend this book as a wonderful Christmas gift that is sure to be read year after year!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katrina on November 2, 2006
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Charming pictures full of clever details, plus a glimpse of other cultures. The picture of the Taj Mahal is particularly beautiful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pjand2 on February 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this for my kids last year and thought it was nice. When I brought it out again this Christmas, the kids were thrilled with it. It was their favorite Xmas book. They are now 4 and 5 and just love the illustrations and the humor in the story. It's a little different and they like that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CURSE OF FLAMINGO CO on December 5, 2007
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WE ALL LIKED SEEING MRS. CLAUS AT THE BEACH! CUTE LITTLE EASY TO READ STORY WITH A NICE ROMANTIC ENDING! GLAD WE HAVE IT IN OUR COLLECTION!
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