on December 29, 2006
This is a wonderful story, BEAUTIFULLY illustrated.
An adorable African-American boy who lives in a big city finds a baby reindeer. He cares for the little reindeer on the roof of his high-rise apartment until the following year, when it is grown up and ready to return to Santa.
This is an especially good book for all those kids without chimneys who live in apartments! :) The illustrations are sweet and gently humorous. You will love reading this beautiful book to your kids-- it is full of both the magic and the goodness of Christmas.
on July 25, 2001
This sweet story is about a young reindeer who is accidentally left behind and the little boy who takes care of him for a year. The caring, unselfish friendship between the child and the animal is a wonderful expression of the spirit of Christmas. The snowy North Pole scenes, the colorful elves, and the magical citiscape viewed from the rooftop of the boy's high-rise are beautiful. My kids instantly loved this tale of friendship and adventure. We have read it dozens of times. It will surely be a favorite for years.
on December 17, 2009
One of my all time favorite books to read to young children! I read this book every year to second graders, and they end up loving it as much as I do. The illustrations are stunning, and really add to the enjoyment of the story. The soft blue skies dotted with snow turn into the bright yellow lights of Santa's helpers in a workshop, then turn into the soft gray of the night sky on a snow covered roof. It sets the tone for this story of kindness, caring, and sharing perfectly.
The little reindeer is accidentally wrapped as a gift and is placed in Santa's sleigh. He ends up getting delivered, standing on an apartment rooftop in New York City covered in gift wrap. The boy who lives in the apartment hears something crunching in the snow, and goes up to the roof and finds his present-the baby reindeer in gift wrap. He's excited to get this gift, and lets his pigeons out of their shed so the reindeer has a place to stay. The pigeons don't mind sharing; they return to the roof several times during the story. The boy feeds the reindeer several different cereals, milk, and peanut butter, with peanut butter being the reindeer's favorite. As winter turns to spring, the reindeer gets bigger, and the boy and his pigeons begin teaching the reindeer how to fly. They go short distances at first until the reindeer eventually flies all over the autumn night sky. The boy now knows the reindeer will be ready for his real job-pulling Santa's sleigh. He gives the reindeer his favorite dinner of peanut butter on Christmas Eve. Not long after, the reindeer is picked up by Santa. A note is left by Santa thanking the boy, as well as red ribbons with bells tied around the neck of each pigeon. Every time the pigeons leave their shed the bells can be heard ringing in the sky.
While "The Little Reindeer" is a Christmas story-it does have Santa, a reindeer, elves, and presents-it's so much more. It's also about being happy with what you have, sharing, even when you don't have much to share, and doing what needs to be done, just because it needs to be done. What a wonderful message to send to children anytime of year!
It had been out of print for a few years, and Amazon.com now has a paperback version available. Do not pass on the chance to own this wonderful book. Highly recommended for all ages!