"Luminous, richly detailed...a visual treasure trove." -Publishers Weekly
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||9.13(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.13(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."
As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."
Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is one of a kind and is highly recommended by Mrs. H's third grade class. We liked learning about the trolls in the story, and the way Treva changed them from being stingy to generous. This is a good book for kids because it shows the true Christmas spirit. We hope everyone gets to read this book because it makes Christmas even more merry!
One Christmas a girl and her brother picked out a Christmas tree, and soon noticed her dog sniffing and barking at the tree as they brought it home. Each day after that the family realized some of their Christmas decorations and gifts would go missing. The day after the angel was taken from the tree, the girl saw the Christmas pudding being carried across the snow. After following it, she met a pair of trolls who only wanted Christmas for themselves. So she helped them decorate their house with Christmas decorations. Since the two were always fighting the girl showed them how to have fun, and before she left, she gave them her favorite toy horse. She then left for home with all of the Christmas gifts and decorations the trolls took. The next day she opened the door to find a toy horse made by the trolls.
Two trolls attempt to have Christmas by taking things, but a little girl visits and teaches them the true way to have Christmas- sharing with one another. She gives them her most prized wooden horse and they give her a wild troll horse in return.
If you like Jan Brett books, this is a good one. The pictures are vivid and the story is so sweet. All my children love this book and it gets well read when I pull it out at Christmas time.