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Title:
Christmas at the top of the world
Author:
Coffey, Tim.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Morton Grove, IL : Albert Whitman, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
Summary:
On Christmas Eve, a young reindeer travels through the woods leading a procession of animals to the top of the earth, where a special old man awaits.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 520 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 73491.
ISBN:
9780807557624
Format :
Book

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Little Reindeer has heard of an amazing place where the stars are close enough to touch. Now Papa is going there on a journey, and he won't be back until Christmas Day. It's hard for Little Reindeer to wait.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS. Little Reindeer tells his Papa: I discovered a place where the ground rises up to the sky and you are high enough to touch the stars . . . a magical place, at the top of the world. The story is simplicity itself: Little Reindeer sets out to find his father, who has gone to the special place. Other animals join him, and they wind up at Santa's cottage in time to see Santa and Papa as they set off on their Christmas Eve journey. Although there's barely enough plot to carry the book, there's a sweetness to the words that is nicely complemented by richly colored acrylic paintings. Cut with lines and swirled backgrounds, pictures capture the silent softness of a snowy forest interrupted by animals afoot. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2003 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Looking through the eyes of a reindeer family, readers get a fanciful insider's view of business at the North Pole. Gesso texturing in Coffey's (Red Berry Wool) agreeably anthropomorphizing acrylic paintings gives a striking dimension to the animals' soft fur, depth to the starry cobalt sky, and funky, frosty swirls to the snow. His storytelling debut is equally sure-footed, capturing the wonder of the season through Little Reindeer's discovery of why his father mysteriously disappears every Christmas Eve. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Papa Reindeer describes to Little Reindeer "A magical place, at the top of the world." When Papa mysteriously leaves, saying he'll be back on Christmas, even the youngest readers will have a pretty good idea of where he's going. Little Reindeer sets off to find him, followed by Mama and the other animals, and discovers the magical place (and Santa) just as the sleigh, led by Papa, returns on Christmas day. Painted in acrylic on watercolor paper textured with gesso, the illustrations feature naturalistic but cuddly animals whose plush-toy quality gives them a comforting familiarity. (Santa himself takes on more of a St. Francis of Assisi persona than that of the jolly old elf.) An additional title that can be used in a secular context.-S. P. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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