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5.0 out of 5 stars "On the 16th Day of Christmas...You Will Laugh at the Trolls and Their Hedgehog Friends", January 8, 2010
This review is from: Christmas Trolls (Hardcover)
Quite surely, your first question might be: What on earth is a troll? Well, it is a fictitious character, like an elf, originating in the Scandinavian countries. In this book, there are three stories going on at the same time: a family with two children, Treva, and her brother Sami, then, two little hedgehogs who have the run of their house, and the tree house, and finally, the two trolls, Mig, and Tig, who are at first little greedy characters who eventually become generous to others.

Treva and Sami, and their Mom and Dad are preparing their house for Christmas. The have gathered decorations, prepared food, and wrapped presents for one another. As the days get closer to Christmas, some of the presents, and some of the food, as well as the decorations start to disappear. The children go looking for the things, and as they walk around the outside of their house, certain clues appear. For instance, a delicious cake is being moved across the snow packed ground, in the direction of the tree house. A hedgehog is carrying it on its back.

In the tree house, you will find Mig and Tig, and the two trolls, who obviously have planned that the two little hedgehogs are the ones to carry these things from the family's house to the tree house where the trolls live. By the way, a hedgehog is a small animal with a spiny coat, who can defend itself by rolling into a ball. You would not want to mistake one for a place to sit; it would be like sitting on a ball of pins.

One day, shortly before Christmas, Treva and Sami discover the hedgehogs sneaking off with some of the presents, some of the decorations, and some of the presents. They follow the hedgehogs who bring these things to the tree house where the two trolls live. As they climb up the ladder made from rope, the two children notice that the trolls, Mig and Jig, are not playing with the things they've had the hedgehogs steal, the trolls are fighting with each other and arguing over the presents, the decorations, and the food.

So, Treva, tries to befriend the trolls, and she shows them a toy horse carved out of wood and painted red with lots of colorful decorations on it. She gives it to the two trolls. When you see them, you will giggle, because they look like a combination creature and prickly thing, with long tails, funny ears, and strange hair. The trolls, at first argue when they receive the toy horse, but Treva teaches them to take turns. In the meantime, the hedgehogs put all of the family's things back on their sleigh that they rode on to the tree house.

Once the children are home, and things are back where they belong, there is a surprise at their front door. It seems the gift of the wooden red horse was an idea; the trolls designed and made a wooden horse that looks like their red horse, and a little like the hedgehogs in prickliness, and the hair of the trolls. It seems that Treva's act of kindness pays off as the trolls show kindness in return.

You will want to take time to look at the three separate stories in this book, by looking at the center panel with Treva and Sami, and the side panels which show the goings on with the trolls and the hedgehogs. This is not a serious story; it's a fun story, but there is simple lesson about kindness in this book. Read it, and laugh! But, don't go looking for trolls, or hedgehogs, or any forest creatures.
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