by Lori Evert
photos by Per Breiehagen
It’s that time of year again, when the magical holiday picture books start coming out. I never get tired of sweet little holiday books. Many people do the picture book countdown for advent and if you do than these are 2 books you need to include. The Christmas Wish and The Reindeer Wish are created by the same theme so the quality of the story and pictures are the same and they are truly wonderful. The author does a great job at telling an enchanting set of stories that while are lengthy they will captivate the reader and listener and will be read again and again. The pictures by the photographer are so pretty, ones I wish I could frame. They are just like an illustrated picture books however they used real life people and animals to recreate the story.
The Christmas Wish
In The Christmas Wish you follow Anja’s journey to become one of Santa’s elves. She has always dreamed of that and decided that this was the year to do just that. With the help of a red cardinal they go about a long journey to the North Pole. Along the way she meets many beautiful animals that help her from a horse, musk ox to a polar bear ending with a reindeer. She finally gets her wish to meet Santa and he tells her she has already helped in so many ways with her kindness. Anja’s journey ends maybe not how she envisioned but always with a bit of magic.
The Reindeer Wish
In The Reindeer Wish you follow Anja through the 4 seasons, starting and ending with winter. Anja like most has always wanted a puppy but never has gotten one. She is chosen to care for a orphaned reindeer and together they grow and provide a friendship that each needs. However the reindeer Odin misses his reindeer upbringing and wants to play with other reindeer’s. So Anja while it makes her very sad to set him free she decides she needs help in making the right decision. She uses the magical bell that Santa gave her in The Christmas Wish and together they each get something they need and want.
thank you Random House Kids Lori Evert, Per Breiehagen and Anja for allowing us into the magical wish world. We will treasure these books. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free books.