The Christmas Wish

The Christmas Wish14858500_201309121500The Christmas Wish

Lori Evert, Author

Per Breiehagen, Photographer

Random House, Fiction, Sept. 10, 2013

Suitable for Ages: 3-8

Themes: Christmas,  Arctic region, Tundra animals, Santa Claus, Adventure

OpeningLong, long ago, in a place so far north that the mothers never pack away the wool hats or mittens, lived a sweet little girl named Anja, who greatest dream was to become one of Santa’s Elves.

Synopsis:  Anja, who lives in the arctic region, dreams of being one of Santa’s elves.  She watches the position of the North Star at night and memorizes the great map  at school as she prepares for her trip. Leaving behind presents and a note for her family, she bundles in Nordic clothing and straps on her skis so she can travel through the deep snow. Along her way, a bird, a horse, a musk ox, a polar bear and a reindeer help Anja on her journey to find Santa Claus at the North Pole.

Evert_Breiehagen_Anja_--_credit_Per_Breiehagen_cropped_jpg_165x0_q85Why I like this book: Lori Evert has written an enchanting Nordic Christmas tale that is pure magic. The author was inspired to write the story when she saw an image of her daughter, Anja, with a reindeer.  Award-winning photographer Per Breiehagen captivated this beautiful story with his extraordinary photographs of breathtaking landscapes and touching scenes of Anja.  This was a beautiful collaborative effort by this husband-wife team, and their daughter Anja. The Christmas Wish is a treasure you will want to keep on your book shelf for years. Visit the The Christmas Wish website to see enlarged pictures of the book and a video.

Resources:  Visit Random House for more information about the book.  Click on the activity page at the top and you can download The Christmas Wish ornaments and find other winter activities.  Encourage your children to take winter pictures of animals and children romping in the snow

Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book.  To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.

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39 thoughts on “The Christmas Wish

  1. I bought this book as a Christmas gift. It is so lovely and the story behind the photos is interesting too! I’m a little jealous that Anja will one day have this beautiful book of photos to look back on and treasure what her parents created for her and with her. 🙂

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    • Thank you. I looked up the author and could find anything. Kept ending up at Random House. Am going to post the link. Aren’t the photographs absolutely stunning. Yes, there is something very magical about the pictures.

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  2. Dear Patricia,
    Thank you for your kind words and recognition of our project- we very much appreciate your review.
    Thank you those who commented as well.

    All the best,

    Lori, Per and Anja

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  5. This Christmas I received “the Reindeer Wish” from my granddaughter with a note that she had met Anja at a book signing and she hoped I would read the book to my first great granddaughter who arrived on January 7, 2016. The new baby is named Anja Elise. I plan to do it as soon as I can. Two other grandmothers of the baby were given
    “the Christmas Wish” and “Tiny Wish”. They are all special books.

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