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The Christmas Wish [Kindle Edition]

Lori Evert , Per Breiehagen
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the tradition of The Snowman, The Polar Express, and the many books of Jan Brett this cozy Nordic tale filled with extraordinary photographs will have readers of all ages believing in the magic of Christmas. This is one to pull out every year and savor. Long ago, a brave little girl named Anja wanted to be one of Santa's elves. So she leaves a note for her family and helps her elderly neighbor prepare for the holiday, then she straps on her skis, and heads out into the snowy landscape. From a red bird to a polar bear to a reindeer, a menagerie of winter animals help Anja make her way to Santa. A generous trim-size, matte cover, and foiled title make this a special book for the holiday season.

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-Anja longs to be one of Santa's elves. Dressed in full Nordic regalia complete with red gnomic hat, she certainly looks the part. A thoughtful and helpful child, she acts the part as well. When she skis off in her quest to find Santa, a bird, horse, musk ox, polar bear, and reindeer show her the way. The full-page photographs look like they could be movie stills, so sharp and seamless are the figures that Anja and the animals cut against the winter landscape of Northern lights, glaciers, and snowy pine trees. While the scenes of Anja offering an apple to the reindeer or curled up next to the sleeping polar bear are whimsical and look unaltered, other images are obviously manipulated. Further, the story reads as if it were written around the pictures, rather than the other way around. Nonetheless, the striking winter visuals and the adorable heroine carry the day.-Joanna Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"A captivating Christmas story with a magic all its own.” --Starred, Kirkus Reviews

The Horn Book, "[The Christmas Wish] points to both the timelessness and the otherworldliness of a child's Christmastime wonder." --The Horn Book

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious photography and an instant classic October 23, 2013
By R. Mork
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An adorable little girl, gorgeous winter landscapes, and instantly familiar animals, all gloriously put together by a superbly talented photographer.

Norway has rich traditions in handcrafts, architecture, and particularly in fairy tales. If you have even a passing familiarity with Scandinavia, you'll appreciate rich but subtle references in Anja's finely handcrafted Norwegian clothing and accessories, the iconicałly Norwegian farm buildings, and various cultural and literary references in the story itself. If such wonders are unfamiliar to you, you've been missing out and this book will be the perfect introduction.

This is a simple but magical book and an instant classic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This is a remarkable book! I bought it for my 3 yr. old Granddaughter and it arrived today. It FAR exceeded my expectations! Although the draw for me was our Norwegian ancestry and the beautiful photographs (and the fact that Anja and our Granddaughter could be twins), the message wins the prize. This is a must Christmas book for every family, and not just one with young children. I am ordering 2 more just because I know I'll give them away. Should get some sort of prize!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is going to be a classic! October 19, 2013
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The pictures alone are worth the price, but the story is also wonderful with its simple, and much needed message.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
“The Christmas Wish” written by Lori Evert and illustrated with photographs made by Per Breiehagen is nice tale from North Europe with theme and atmosphere perfect for Christmas season.

Story starts when main character, young girl Anja with big blue eyes, wants to become one of the Santa’s elves. Anja doesn’t want her family to worry so she’ll leave them a message that she’s good and where she went.
And after she helped her old neighbor, on her skis she went to find Santa. On her way she’ll experience a lot of adventures, and a lot of polar animals will help her until she finally reach her goal…

Lori Evert and her husband Per Breiehagen together with their daughter Anja made this beautiful book in which the children will enjoy, because every child is certainly at least once wanted to do the best job in the world, helping Santa to distributing gifts to good children.

Interesting story and nice illustrations full of vivid colors make this book highly recommended for reading with children in a warm room on Christmas, and it can certainly be taken into consideration if you are looking for a beautiful Christmas gift for some other children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the Grandchildren December 20, 2013
I just bought this book to share with my grandchildren this Christmas and found it a nice, warm break from the heavier book that I am reading (Arctic Adventure: My Life in the Frozen North. I am looking forward to sharing this with them as they will surely love the winter wonderland so beautifully described through the sweet story and beautiful pictures. I know they offer this book for Kindle, but I would recommend the hardcover for the stunning photographs!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Christmas Wish November 23, 2013
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Absolutely wonderful book. Full page beautiful photos with the main character. Addresses every child's special wish while introducing them to a different part of the world. It will surely become one of our top holiday books. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Story Books October 23, 2013
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This beautiful book is a delight to add to my library of children's xmas books. The photographs used in this book are filled with such wonder and awe. You can't help but pick this book up and flick through the pages drinking in the magic of christmas.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Wishes September 10, 2013
The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert
Anja's dream is to become one of Santa's elves.
She prepared by doing things for others to get ready for the big day.
Besides her horse she has help from a red cardinal and she knows what other signs to look for: stars, Northern lights, etc
She has help from others and they are able to tell a tale from a book she is carrying.
She is given something special by Santa and she wonders if she has dreamed all of this..
What I like about this book besides the story are the pictures, brilliant colors and so many creatures to point out in their native land.
I received this book from Edelweiss and Random House in exchange for my honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Special
This story is so special & sweet. Gave to my 8year old grandson a few days before Christmas and he read it that very night! He loved it and told me it was special. Read more
Published 11 days ago by S. Merchant
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This story is amazing and I can see myself reading it to my family every Christmas. The photographs are beautiful!
Published 18 days ago by Kelly Koski
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandma's keeping this one at HER house!
This is a beautiful story with absolutely delightful photographs, manipulated to make them so believably real! Read more
Published 18 days ago by James Flaherty
5.0 out of 5 stars The Christmas Wish
An enchanting book, with gorgeous photography. I hope it is in its second printing, as I have two copies on order.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara J. Raaen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
We collect Christmas stories. This one will add nicely to our collection. We read a different book each night in December. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Petroff
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
This book is so cute and the animals in it makes it so much cuter!!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Christopher H. Curvin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book was Positively Charming and Magical!
Christmas is a special time of year, and this book is great for both young and old at heart. I highly recommend.
Published 3 months ago by Brian Hess
5.0 out of 5 stars The Christmast List
Another great story to share during the holidays. The pictures are amazing and convey the story well. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ed
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I bought this book for my granddaughter because of the beautiful pictures and scenery. What a well done job the author did on this one.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas wish
My grandchildren and their friends really enjoyed this book. It was a Christmas present. A must for everyone. Thank you.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Boat Man
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