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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.

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

"…rosy-cheeked Anja looks like she’s stepped out of a fairy tale, and Breiehagen’s delicious (and, necessarily, digitally altered) photographs of her riding on the back of a polar bear and meeting Santa amid the snowy pines of the North Pole create the sense that magic is very real." -- Starred, Publishers Weekly

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

"…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." --The Children's Book Review

"Dreams have never been so photogenic." --USA Today
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 0810 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449816818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449816813
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE CHRISTMAS WISH is adorable. The photographs and costuming are charming, and Lori Evert has managed to write a simple and compelling story that is likely to please adults as well as children.

Besides the beautiful photography what I liked about the book was the kindness exhibited by Anja and the animals. Anja, for example, before she heads out to find Santa so she can become one of his helpers, visits a elderly neighbor. Anja catches the widow's cat, so that the old woman won't have to go out into the deep snow to do this, and then Anja sweeps out the woman's sauna and does some other chores. I found this very appealing and suitable to the season and what I want my children to learn.

THE CHRISTMAS WISH is not a book with an emphasis on the religious reason for Christmas. But It still fits the season because of it's emphasis on kindness.

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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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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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“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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The pictures alone are worth the price, but the story is also wonderful with its simple, and much needed message.
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What an adorable Story! No wonder the New York Times voted it best children's Christmas Book. It quickly sold out at all the major
book stores and was a real treasure when I was able to order it on Amazon....I bought several copies to give as special gifts. A
darling story but it's the photographs that grab your heart. The little girl's father took the photos of his daughter and the mother made
the Christmas Story to go with....don't miss this one.
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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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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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