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Kindergarten-Grade 4–Can you really have your cake and eat it, too? Sophie Kringle's Auntie Claus (Santa's sister) certainly thinks so. When Sophie has the opportunity to play the Sugar Plum Fairy in her school's presentation of The Nutcracker, she is thrilled, but also sad, because her favorite aunt will be away on her annual &business trip. Not true, insists Auntie Claus. They'll just move the North Pole to New York City. It sounds like a good idea, but of course chaos ensues. Ghosts (Christmas Past, Present, and Future), elves, reindeer, and the real Sugar Plum Fairy descend upon the Bing Cherry Hotel, and the city is covered with snow and ice. As always, Primavera's exuberant and stylized acrylic paintings fill each page with color and excitement, and interesting details reward careful viewers. Fans of the first two Auntie Claus stories will not be disappointed.–Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library END

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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; Repackage edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416954856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416954859
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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They talked about the Ballerina being too "fat" for her tutu. That's what stuck in my head. I wanted to give it to my nieces (I want to BE Auntie Clause), but it really isn't the impression I want to leave them with. It just hit me wrong.
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This book is a trainwreck. I love the first book, Auntie Claus, I haven't read the second. This book fails in the following ways: the illustrations lack much of the care and, frankly, the spatial and pictorial clarity of the first book. In several pages the background is such a swimmy blue and purple mess it's genuinely hard to tell what we're supposed to be seeing. The renderings of the characters has become distressingly cutesified - Auntie Claus looks so marvelously thin and astringent in the original, and she seems to be recently flown in from planet Barbie in this book.

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.
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"Auntie Claus Home for the Hoildays" is a light and delightful secular Christmas book. It is a rather large picture book - 10 inches by 11 3/8 inches and has 40 pages. The book has a beautiful full color dust jacket with "Auntie Claus" in the title, embossed and done in shiny red metallic lettering. The dust jacket, itself, will captivate the interest of most children. Almost every page has a very colorful drawing done in a cartoon style similar to Walt Disney. The drawings are not my favorite style but most kids will really enjoy them.

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.
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In life you can never have your cake and eat it too. Why the author would use this theme as a follow up to two other great books I have no idea. In addition, it is too premature to be discussing weight issues with impressionable little girls. I would hope if the author was a mother with a daughter she would feel ashamed. I am hoping she will come back with a better and more appropriate book in the future.
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I have just finished reading this book and could not have been more delighted-and I have to agree with another reviewer here-the "train wreck" review seems a bit over the top-loved the illustrations and the story is charming..
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I bought the first Auntie Claus book several years ago when I worked at a toy store. I always had it out at Christmas for my niece and nephews to read. Last Christmas my youngest niece surprised me with the following two sequels. I just loved it. It is a very cute story. I have now been nicknamed "Auntie Claus". I would definitely recommend it. It is an easy read for children.
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I really wanted to love this book. It is beautiful and has wonderful full-page, full-color illustrations. The story didn't read well, though, and I didn't find myself (or my kids) very interested in it. Overall, its okay.
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Mrs. Primavera delivers again! This is the second book I have gifted to my niece and she adores the storyline provided yet again.... the illustrations are beautifully done. It is the perfect book to gift at the holidays.

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.
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