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Auntie Claus, Home for the Holidays Hardcover – October 6, 2009
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About the Author
Elise Primavera is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Auntie Claus series and the popular Ms. Rapscott’s Girls. She is also the author of the Louise the Big Cheese books and other award-winning titles. She lives in New Jersey, and you can visit her at ElisePrimavera.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Auntie Claus's central theme in the first book was lovely - It is far better to give than receive. The plot was well-constructed around Sophie's development and sudden understanding of this truth. In this book Auntie Claus's wisdom goes like this: You can have your cake and eat it too. The moral of this latest book comes across as perhaps the opposite of the first. I was amazed at the indignation this stirred up in me. A driving crisis in the plot of this book? The Sugar Plum ballerina gets too fat for her pink tutu. Not too fat to dance, mind you, just too fat for the tutu. I'm not a ninny, or a moralist, or some sort of P.C. learning-and-hugs scold, but I honestly cannot imagine continuing to read to my 5-year-old daughter a story where the horrible thing that happens that makes Sophie wonder if she can really have her cake and eat it too, is that the Sugar Plum Fairy got too fat for her tutu.
I could go on. I'll stop.
I really love the first book, and am truly sorry to say that in its illustration and plot and character development, this book seems to me badly conceived and poorly executed.
This is an original Christmas tale. I especially love the author's originality in bringing the North Pole to New York City. It is quite enjoyable to experience the Bing Cherry Hotel and all of New York City transformed into the North Pole. That is the kind of thing that creates wonderful, unique and original stories that captivate the readers' attentions.
One of the favorite expressions of Auntie Claus in this book is "You can have your cake and eat it too." This very expression seems to invoke a materialistic and sometimes a "me" and self satisfaction attitude which does not fit into the Christmas spirit. However, the author does turn the whole thing around by showing that unselfish acts often pay off by giving the unselfish person a greater blessing.
The reasons I gave a three star rating is because when I read a child's Christmas book I like to see more of the true meaning of Christmas somewhere in the text. This book did have a tender, more in depth message when Sophie, who so looked forward to being the Sugar Plum Fairy in her school's Christmas play, gave her pink tutu to the real Sugar Plum Fairy because hers didn't fit any longer. I also felt the ending of this story was rather abrupt. As a reader I was looking for something else.
The book is a delightful Children's Christmas book, but a little short on the Christmas message.
I noticed one other review when I happened upon this link to purchase this as another gift for a good friends daughter ... the remarks of a train wreck are not only unfounded and seem a bit contrived, they also seem a tad overboard for any review of any children's book. I am certain Mrs. Primavera will overlook this ungracious review, yet I cannot. I give her much kudos and I look forward for more to come.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My granddaughter loved this book! All of the Auntie Claus books have a great moral to the story and that means a lot to me.Published 19 months ago by Bernadette Murray
Although the illustrations are beautiful...I do not recommend this book to anyone. The sugar plum fairy says she can't eat ANY sweets because she must be light on her feet. Read morePublished 20 months ago by D. Nguyen
My granddaughter ask for this book and we could not find it anywhere.
So we went wonderful amazon.com and bingo. Happy grandaughter.
Fun book that brings home the point that is isn't always, Santa, Mom or Dad that makes Christmas complete. I bought several for female friends who have children.Published on April 10, 2014 by Mary P. Edwards