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The Wild Christmas Reindeer Audio, Cassette – Audiobook, January, 1991

4.6 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews

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"Teeka was excited. And a little afraid. This year Santa had asked her to get the reindeer ready to fly on Christmas Eve." Teeka, an Arctic girl who lives "in the shadow of Santa's Winterfarm," knows it will be a struggle to round up the reindeer who'd roamed wild on the tundra since last Christmas. Reindeer training is not easy for the hard-working young girl: "Teeka looked at the tangled reindeer, once so bold and free, and began to cry. 'It's my fault,' she said. 'I've spent all my time yelling at you, instead of helping. I'm sorry.' And one by one she gave each reindeer a hug." On December 24, Teeka--who's finally learned how to be a gentle, effective trainer--brings her antlered team to meet Santa and all the elves who have loaded the sleigh. Teeka is asleep on the last page of the book, as Santa and his well-trained reindeer--Bramble, Heather, Windswept, Lichen, Snowball, Crag, Twilight, and Tundra--fly past her window for a night of magical surprises. (Ages 3 to 8) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Little Teeka's attempts to train Santa's reindeer for their Christmas ride meet with disaster until she realizes that she needs to work with the animals in a new way. "Tomorrow," she says, "no yelling, no screaming, and no bossing, I promise," and with her patient teaching, on Christmas Eve the "wild reindeer rise up together and carry the sleigh off into the night." Brett's characteristic, richly detailed borders depict the activity at Santa's workshop as each day brings Teeka closer to Christmas. As with The Mitten , Brett makes use of Ukranian motifs--colorful embroidered costumes, festive garlands, carvings and cunning toys decorate every page. The reindeer themselves--sporting names like Lichen, Tundra and Bramble--provide most of the comic action in this sweet Christmas fantasy that shows Brett at her best. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Spoken Arts; Pap/Cas edition (January 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804565961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804565967
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 10.8 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,327,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This was the first Jan Brett book in our family library. From the first reading, this book became one of our very favorite Christmas stories.
Follow Teeka's adventures as she works furiously to prepare Bramble, Heather, Windswept, Lichen, Snowball, Crag, Twilight, and Tundra for their Christmas Eve outing. Don't be surprised to hear your children murmur "that's not going to work" as Teeka finds that being bossy isn't always the best way to get the job done.
As with all Jan Brett books, the illustrations are captivating. As a special treat, each page is framed with Christmas illustrations containing "extra" pictures relating to the story.
If you've grown tired of reading about Rudolph and friends, you and your children can snuggle up with this book and learn about the "wilder" side of Santa's reindeer.
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My 5 year old daughter brought this book home from Kindergarten one day. We read it at bedtime and were both amazed at the wonderful illustrations. Any child who loves animals will enjoy this book. It also has a nice change from the normal Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen thing. These reindeer have more interesting North Pole sort of names. We loved it!
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Format: Hardcover
I thought this was a wonderful story with exquisite illustrations. My 3-year old was enthralled with it, and checks it out from the library whenever she can. It's a good story about responsibility and treating animals with understanding, as well as getting ready for Santa's sleigh ride.
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Format: Paperback
Jan Brett, the author illustrator of this book and many others, has a fantastic ability to draw animals and nature in such a realistic way. You can almost feel the hairs on the reindeer's coat. The colors in her illustrations always make you feel happy and add a festive tone to the story. Also, while she is telling you the main story, there are always smaller stories being illustrated alongside the main one.

This story begins 24 days before Christmas in a remote village in the arctic, that`s a very cold place, where people wear heavy and colorful clothing, and the animals seem to learn to tolerate the extreme cold. The scenery resembles both Scandinavian countries, and Eastern European countries, like the Ukraine, and other countries nearby. I will have to do some research to see where these stories actually resemble. While the main story takes up the center of two pages, the side panels contain oddly shaped minarets and turrets, tower-like structures.

While the main story spreads across the book, the side panels depict each of the 24 days preceding Christmas and are numbered as if a part of the calendar. In these side panels, shaped like turrets and minarets, the little children who are Santa's helpers are going about the business of helping Santa prepare for the gift-giving that he likes to do, "on Christmas Eve".

You will meet Teeka who has been given the assignment of getting the reindeer ready to fly on Christmas Eve. Now, I know you know that reindeer don't fly, but humor me, because in stories about Santa Claus, reindeer fly on Christmas Eve, so that they can deliver all the presents to the fortunate boys and girls.
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In the story of THe Wild Christmas Reindeer, Teeka has been asked to get the deer ready to pull Santa's sleigh. It seems like the harder she tries the worse the deer behave until she finally realizes that she is being too bossy and not paying attention to the deer. Once she realized that they know what to do and have their own way of doing things, she found that they were ready to do their job! This book was a little over my PreK students heads but the illustrations kept their attention and it is a great story.
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One of Jan Bretts' most exceptional and beautiful books. THis has been a favorite of mine for my students and myself for years. Jan's stories are dynamic and the pages incredibly detailed with borders and interesting animals of the forest. A wonderful book to give to coworkers kids (also cheaper than giving the coworker a giftcard, and they love giving stuff to their kids). You wont be disappointed by the exceptional illustrations and especially the variety and beauty and personality of each of the reindeer. A favorite for a hundred years.
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Illustrations are nice, but I cannot see what all the hype on these books are about. Plus the author is not a nice person (that has nothing to do with the book, itself) I will not be buying anymore of her books in the future. I need more content.
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We are a huge fan of Jan Brett at our house. The art and story in this book do not disappoint. It is a bit of a longer story for very young children, but my 3 year old who has a very good attention span enjoyed it. It was a story I had never heard and I really like what it added to my daughter's beliefs about Santa and the north pole, as well as, the lesson at the end. I would say that this is nearly my favorite book by Brett, but it is a great addition to our collection.

The shipping was on time and the book came in great condition.
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