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The Christmas adventure of Space Elf Sam
Wood, Audrey.
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Publication Information:
New York : Blue Sky Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
On his way to deliver Christmas presents to space colony Alpha One, Space Elf Sam crash lands on the planet Gom, where he shows the Gommers what Christmas is all about.
Reading Level:
530 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 2 Quiz: 31923 Guided reading level: L.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Holiday
PIC. BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
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Santa delivers Christmas presents to children everywhere, but when Earth families begin to live on distant planets, Santa needs help. That's why Santa builds the Space Elf Christmas Academy -- where elves like Sam are trained to fly spaceships. This is the story of Sam's first adventure -- a warm and engaging Christmas tale for the whole family.

Author Notes

Audrey Wood was born on August 12, 1948. She is a children's book author and illustrator. Her books include Blue Sky, Silly Sally, Weird Parents, The Red Racer, and Tugford Wanted To Be Bad. She also collaborates with her husband Don Wood on picture books. These include Moonflute, The Napping House, Tickle-Octopus, Bright and Early Thursday Evening, and The Full Moon at the Napping House.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

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

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.