the night before thanksgiving ... the legend of the christmas elves

Summary:
While you are still getting ready for a big turkey dinner, the elves at the North Pole are busy getting ready for Christmas. They have finished their work making toys, and now they get to spend a few weeks with the children, hoping they stay on Santa's good list. Then, when Santa comes on Christmas Eve, they return to the North Pole.
Educational Themes:
This is a story meant for sharing together. There are activities you can replicate or traditions you can create for yourself to make the reading meaningful for your family.
Reading Level:
4.6
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 9
Age of child:
Read with a 7-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a fun story that kids will love to have year after year.
Little Kid Reaction
Our daughter saw this as a behind-the-scenes look at what Charley, her Elf on the Shelf does when he is not here.
Big Kid Reaction
This is a different twist on the idea that between Thanksgiving and Christmas, magic elves are here to watch over the kids and tell Santa which list they should be on. The author includes some background information about how the tradition started in her family, and does a nice job transitioning from a personal story (that doesn't rhyme) to a twist on Clement C. Moore's A Visit from St. Nick, complete with rhyme. The book is brightly colored and well-sized for young hands that want to explore the detailed illustrations. The memory pages make a nice touch.
Pros:

The familiar sounding text and brightly colored illustrations will engage young children in this story about Christmas magic. By hiding elves in the images, kids have the opportunity to "play" with the book, too.

Cons:

The book comes with a CD that is supposed to have the lyrics. The one we received didn't work.


Title The Night Before Thanksgiving ... The Legend Of The Christmas Elves
About
Author Phyllis Porter Turner
Publisher 21st Century Classics Publishing © 2009
Illustrators Eva Manette Porter
ISBN 9780980069303
Material Hard Cover
Cost $19.99
Genres Picture Book, Christmas, Fantasy, Thanksgiving

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