- Age Range: 4 and up
- Grade Level: 2 - 3
- Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic; First Printing edition (October 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0590031430
- ISBN-13: 978-0590031431
- Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 0.5 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,838,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kindergarten-Grade 3?Space Elf Sam's mission is to deliver presents to children on the space colony Alpha One, but he crash-lands on unexplored Gom instead. There he ends up teaching the small, green, potbellied inhabitants about Christmas. They learn that it means finding and decorating a tree, and it means presents?but not just any presents; the gifts must be just right for their recipients. Slick, boldly colored, technically impressive computer art takes center stage in this Toy Story-esque production?the pictures have contour and texture but minimal emotional content. While the story itself is rather slight, children will no doubt be attracted to this glitzy package.?SHP
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Ages 4^-8. When Earth families begin colonizing distant planets, Santa Claus needs help. His answer is to establish the Space Elf Christmas Academy, whose graduates become surrogate, spaceship-piloting Santas. When a bag of Christmas letters arrives at the last minute from the space colony Alpha One, it's a job for Space Elf Sam. Unfortunately, his ship, knocked off course en route, crash lands on the unexplored planet of Gom. There, Sam encounters little green aliens who haven't a clue about Christmas. It's up to the space elf to acquaint them with presents, Christmas trees, and other such seasonal stuff. The Gommers are adorable, in a comic book sort of way, and Sam is a stalwart hero. As for the story--it's an agreeable-enough excuse for Wood's lavish, computer-generated pictures, which, in their three-dimensionality, look a great deal like frames from the movie Toy Story. Are computer-generated illustrations the future of the picture book? Who knows? For the present, they are bound to fascinate kids, but their novelty may soon wear off, for--frankly--the images appear oddly static (not just a frame but a freeze-frame), and their coloration may seem garish to some. Michael Cart