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Review Rating: 5 Stars
The Adventures of Fawn:'Til the Last Snowflake Falls is a work of fiction for children centered on the theme of growing up, and was penned by author Al E. Boy. A winter-themed story that's ideal for a snuggle night of reading along with parents, this delightful and thoughtful tale focuses on Fawn, a reindeer that just happens to be the child of Santa's own Comet and Vixen. When Fawn's parents are busy doing exciting training for the Reindeer Games, the youngster is determined to go out into the world and have some fun of her own. But what ensues is a wild and dangerous adventure when Fawn discovers her parents were right about the dangers beyond the village.
Both a cautionary tale and a wild, fun adventure, this cozy story does not contain too scary a narrative or anything more than mild peril, which makes it perfect for those who are just starting to become independent readers, as well as those who still enjoy a bedtime story with their parents. Fawn's adventure is well-plotted to give lots of opportunities for things to go wrong and be solved again, and the central character has a plucky spirit that readers are sure to fall in love with right from the opening pages. Author Al E. Boy knows how to balance the tale between its quieter, more meaningful teaching moments and the big action scenes, delivering a true roller coaster journey of delight.Overall, this makes The Adventures of Fawn a highly recommended read.
Review by Molly Martin for Compulsive Reader
TheAdventures of Fawn: 'Til the Last Snowflake Falls
by Al E. Boy
Print Length: 530 pages, October 1, 2014, ASIN: B00NRZO920
The year is 1849, Fawn the young daughter of Santa's Reindeer of Comet and Vixen,spends her days in the stable as her parents practice for the upcoming reindeer competition. Fawn is bored, bored, bored. She despairs that her parents believe her to be a baby, too young to go out into the world alone,while she wiles away her hours with nothing to do. She just wants some fun and excitement. And she is ready for anything, she thinks, 'I don't care how dangerous it is.'
Fawn's only contacts during the day are The Forgetful Twins, Elves 1 and 2 who at age 30 are quite young for elves. By luck, one day Vixen overhears the twins discussing the passwords to use to exit Santa's Village and get out into the world where adventure is sure to await. Vixen cannot wait to use the passwords and move out into the world, to make friends, and play and ....
From that beginning we follow this immature youth who is so like many children we all know, not really a baby, but not quite grown up and ready to face whatever may await. We are carried along with Fawn as she does meet Snowboy and Bunny who become her best friends forever, 'Til the Last Snowflake Falls'.
Chicanery,greed, a desire to capture and sell North Pole inhabitants to a zoo, parental love, friendship, and a little magic all come together to create a memorable and enjoyable tale well worth the reading. For more impact, a number of large illustrations are interspersed with the pages of text. I think middle grade readers who generally still retain some of magic and wonder of Santa will enjoy reading it the most. Parents and grandparents who have refreshed their store of wonder and delight in the magic of the old Christmas tale of elves and reindeer who fly and Santa are also likely to enjoy reading the narrative along with a youngster or two whilst sitting at computer.
On the other hand, I have found from many years teaching K 1 age emergent readers, paper books to hold in the hand, carry home for reading at home with parents and family before tackling the same tale on computer screen has been more readily received.I would really like to see Fawn and her friends developed as a paperback series for the younger set to be used as read as read-to books before they are given the work as an eBook. I have found nothing instills a love for reading quite so much as cuddling with parents and grandparents and listening to the story or sitting on the rug at the end of the classroom day as teacher holds the book and reads aloud the adventures held between the covers of 'our favorite book.'
Authored by a 40 year mall and store 'Santa' Til the Last Snowflake Falls has come about as a result of the questions presented by Little People and the answer 'Santa' gave in response to the questions regarding Christmas, and Reindeer, and Elves and the magic of Christmas. I enjoyed 'Til the Last Snowflake Falls, very much and am happy to recommend for Middle Grade Readers and beyond. Vocabulary used is within the scope of most middle grade students, illustrations are hand-drawn and colored, and add much to the work . I hope someone reads the book and sees a potential for it to become a Christmas 'movie'. I think adults and children alike will enjoy it as movie and a book/e-book.
From One Stop Fiction---Book Award
What I Liked About the Story One of the most appealing things about the book is the naturalness of language used by the characters. Fawn and her friends speak like young teenagers with none of the artificiality of typical fairy tale stories. Fawn rolls her eyes at her parents; she mumbles under her breath; she uses mild sarcasm and mild "swear" words ("Darnit!"); she teases her friends the way a normal young person would. The friends invent new words by combining two old ones: terrilized and amtastic are just two examples. Mr. Boy must spend a lot of time around young teens to have captured them so perfectly.
The dangers Fawn and her friends face, while dramatic, are not traumatizing for young readers or listeners. They are of the same order as dangers faced in popular Disney films where, while there is tension and suspense, the outcome is never unknown. The dangerous situations are based on what might actually happen in the Arctic: attack by animals, capture by humans, blizzards. This provides a subtle learning experience for young readers more used to mythical monsters and threats.
The plot is engaging, the descriptions of Santa's village appealing, and the characters from Fawn to Dr. Mary Weather very likeable. The villains are just comical enough not to be too frightening. There is magic in use, but not to the extent that it overwhelms the actions of the characters. There is no "the wizard will save us" attitude here; in fact, it is the characters themselves who provide the most satisfying of endings.
The illustrations are in a naïve style, but definitely add humor to the story.
What I Didn't Like About the Story There is very little not to like about The Adventures of Fawn: Till the Last Snowflake Falls. I did wonder if the setting of Santa's village was at the same level of age appropriateness as the plot and readability. Will children of 10, who can read the story themselves, feel comfortable with a tale about Santa and his reindeer or will they feel that the setting is too babyish for them?
Final Say This is a delightful, charming, humorous, yet meaningful story perfect for young children to read alone or to have read to them.
From Jessica and Gracie's Tree (Oct. 2016)
So, Comet and Vixen, the famous reindeer, have a baby and thatbaby's name is Fawn. Fawn is a little spoiled, stubborn, and has ahuge attitude. She decidesthat her parents, despite pulling Santa's sleigh for years, know nothing andsneaks out of Santa's Village. She does this for several weeks, meeting somecolorful characters such as Snowboy and Bunny. This is a story aboutfriendship, love, and the magic of believing.
Despite being named after her, I don't believe Fawn is the maincharacter here. This is the story of Fawn, Snowboy, Bunny, Terry, and Whiteyand how they are going to be friends "til the last snowflake falls", no matter what. And boy, do theyhave some dangerous adventures that require sticking their necks out for eachother!
I really enjoyed this story. It should be a classic, rightalongside How The Grinch Stole Christmas and The NightBefore Christmas. If you have anyelementary school aged kids, get this for them and enjoy it together.
Rating: 4 ½ stars
From D. Donovan, editor of Califonia Bookwatch and Children's Bookwatch, and senior book reviewer for Midwest book reviews:
One would anticipate a picture book production(or perhaps a chapter book) from the title and premise of the story; but a little over three hundred pages of text (accompanied by some black and white drawings) places it more in the realm of a post-elementary-level reader. Kids past the chapter book stage who still enjoy whimsical, light-hearted stories of Santa's legacy, as well as adults who look for inspirational, uplifting reads and who are not too 'old' to delve into a book featuring a younger animal protagonist, will appreciate the character of Fawn, who is determined to strikeout on her own against her parents' wishes.
Because she can't gain their permission, she begins to sneak out to do dangerous, exciting things on her own. 'Til the Last Snowflake Falls chronicles these mishaps, secrets, white lies, and the world outside of her familiar Santa's Village home.
Fawn rebels not only against her parents'wishes, but against the structure of her protected life: "You see!Even when I try to have a little fun---I don't! My life is as boring as a melting snowball! Each and every day is exactly the same, Dad. I have no friends! I can't go anywhere---and have nothing to do. I hang around all day watching the Forgetful Twins sweeping floors and brushing down the reindeer."
The contrast between parents who want to shelter their child and a rebellious child's vision of a more interesting world and life beyond the boundaries of these restrictions are presented using clear dialogue and interactions that reinforce the perceptions of not just Fawn, but her parents and those around her.
As a host of characters influence Fawn's journey, from Snowboy/Snowman to a hungry wolf and Doctor Weather, Fawn brings magic and wonder to a world outside of her own, and young readers receive an engaging fantasy filled with animal protagonists.
Discussions of the far-reaching consequences of bridging very different worlds create an engrossing survey: "Doctor,just as Fawn entered my world one day---and changed it forever, you have entered our world today. After this, perhaps your own world won't quite ever be the same again.Will you have to make a choice between the two worlds? Or, can you live with them both?"
It's hard to easily peg the age group of this light-hearted adventure. Kids with good reading skills who can appreciate the black and white drawings peppered throughout a thought-provoking story of changes, adventures, and mature thinking will appreciate 'Til the Last Snowflake Falls, a study in contrasts, development, and the lasting consequences and impact of choices. But Fawn's underlying message of community and spirit in Christmas season and beyond can reach well beyond the children's market, as well.
The philosophical and underlying message of the story is recommended for elementary-grade readers in grades 4-5 who are past the need for color picture embellishments, but still capable of enjoying a whimsical, fun fantasy about Santa's world and small Fawn's determination to make her life more exciting and meaningful; but its real impact will prove inviting to all ages who look for more than another Santa Christmas tale.
From the Back Cover
Five Stars: I liked "The Adventures of Fawn(Book 1) 'Til the Last Snowflake Falls" by Al E. Boy, a highly imaginative,intelligent and extremely creative writer who writes in a very professional manner and reading this coming of age story for children was a very enjoyable and smooth read as the story flowed effortlessly.
There was drama, humor, dealing with difficulties, learning the importance of family and the nature of true friendship which are major things a young person needs to become totally aware of as he or she learns, grows, and learns it is definitely a tough world out there. The author drives home the importance and reliability of family and friends in a pleasant and sometimes humorous manner.
A very magical and entertaining story with great and realistic dialogue, a clear display of entertaining characters and their personalities, a well-paced story, a definite page-turner, and a great book to read aloud to young imaginative minds. Well done and highly recommended! --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publisher : Al E. Boy; 1st edition (October 1, 2014)
- Publication date : October 1, 2014
- Print length : 324 pages
- File size : 1523 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00NRZO920
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,477,423 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Fawn, the daughter of legendary reindeer Comet and Vixen, is bored by life at the North Pole. While her parents go out every day to train for the Reindeer Games, Fawn is left to entertain herself, and there isn't much around of entertainment value. The only company she has are The Forgetful Twins, who clean and care for the reindeer stable. But they are so forgetful that in the midst of a hide and go seek game, they forget they are playing and leave Fawn to fall asleep waiting for them.
This is unacceptable for a young, playful fawn, and so Fawn decides it is time to leave the compound and explore life outside. However, like many youngsters, she finds more than she bargains for when she wanders too far from home.
Delightfully written, the story will provide entertainment for kids...and some adults as well!
My 7-year-old daughter liked the book, but it was not a favorite. Maybe in another year or so. My 5-year-old was not interested at all. However, this is not a bad book, there is a wholesome story here, that is great for those kids who immerse themselves into the story.
The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘…'Til the Last Snowflake Falls is the first entry in this series, and follows the exploits of Fawn, the daughter of legendary reindeer Comet and Vixen. The young reindeer spends far too many days alone in the stable at Santa's Village, with no friends and nothing to do. While her parents caution she's much too young, naive, and inexperienced to go exploring outside the Village by herself, Fawn disagrees. Declaring, “I want some fun and excitement! I don’t care how dangerous it is!” she begins sneaking out each day in search of friends, excitement and adventure. She'll find them all...but also find herself in dangerous situations she's unprepared for! She’ll realize perhaps a tad too late that mum and dad were right all along! And, she'll learn some valuable lessons about what's really important in life…’
The Adventures of Fawn: 'Til the Last Snowflake Falls by Al E. Boy is a delightful and charming book for the young reader. I read it with my own grandkids, and they loved it. The author writes in a wonderful, simple and imaginative style that will guarantee the attention of young minds. If you ever wanted to bond even more with your children or grandchildren, this would be a lovely story to share with them.
It seems to me that this book was created with a lot of love and joy and it’s clear that the author really enjoys creating such wonderful stories. Thank you for sharing with us the gift that you have obviously worked so hard to refine. We’ll be looking forward to seeing what’s coming next. A well-deserved five stars from us!
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At times I felt that the dialogue was a little wordy for my little ones and the vocabulary would be quite difficult for early readers so it may be best for the younger ones to share the story together rather than expect them to read it themselves. Also it is quite scary and sad on occasion so be ready to reassure children as I had to!
All in all, a great read. Children will find the elements of the story so easy to relate to, such as listening to your parents, having adventures with your friends, taking risks, fighting for what is right and most of all, discovering what is most important in life.
Boy captures the whiny intolerance that children hold for their parents and other figures of power once they reach their teen years. Of course, Fawn is an animal, so she’s really only four months old. But the similarities remain the same. Boy does a good job letting us see Fawn’s thoughts directly: how she struggles with her emotions, how she pep-talks herself in order to get what she wants from her parents, and how she fails to do so when her emotions get the better of her. It’s a struggle that all youth will be able to identify with: the threshold between being a child and being independent.
The description of the snowy world that Fawn lives in is well done. Even when she moves out on her own and enters a world beyond her understanding, Boy does a good job capturing what the world was like in the human real in 1849. This isn’t easy to accomplish without devoting part of the writing process to research and paying attention to how things were said and done all those years ago.
A journey towards self-discovery and the trials that come with disobeying your parents and asserting your own judgement and independence is what readers will find in The Adventures of Fawn: ‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls by Al E. Boy. Like most youth, Fawn will learn things the hard way, but those lessons will remain with her because these are important lessons she learned herself, in her own way. Through her own trials and mistakes she has been able to develop a strong foundation for her life moving forward while gaining an appreciation for her parents.
I found the book to be an excitable coming of age novel to even be interesting enough for me, a grown adult (well, young at heart, to be fair). It’s an easy read to come to when you want an effortless and satisfying story. A great bonus is that it also features cute illustrations throughout the book too!
This book includes great analogy on life lessons, which makes it such a great read for kids around the 8-12 age bracket. The language is simple and the dialogue is conversationally fun.
There are some more teenager-y themes such as cute little flirts and banter between the characters, so I feel this story wouldn’t be suited to a younger audience. It’s also more about knowing and understanding context of the story too (5-7 year olds might find it a little bit more difficult to understand).
Boy does a great job exhibiting the characters personalities – each of them have distinctive traits that contribute to their friendship circle in positive ways.
It features stereotypical woes that you would find happen between child and parent and positive outcomes, which is always a good thing. There are also plenty of journeys with Fawn and her friends, including a lot of excitable moments creating climax to keep readers’ attention.
Overall, I think this is a fantastic little book to share with your kids. Teachers or families will find this to be a treasured bookshelf staple, enabling kids to learn valuable lessons that they can relate to in real life.