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Sophie ultimately decides to give up her tutu so the real Sugar Plum Fairy can perform.
Positive Role Models
Auntie Claus brings Christmas to New York because she wants Sophie to have a chance to perform. She puts a positive spin on everything that comes undone in the weeks that follow.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know there isn’t anything to be concerned about in this pretty Christmas fantasy.
Is It Any Good?
Readers unfamiliar with Auntie Claus -- this is Elise Primavera’s third book in the series -- might need a few pages to fully understand the importance of Auntie Claus’ annual business trip. By then, however, you’re already being whisked along on a fantastical ride. But much like bringing the North Pole to New York, it isn’t as satisfying at it should be. The story spins along at a breathless pace, as if it’s trying to keep up with the swooping imagery. For the artwork is the star here: Lush acrylic paintings beautifully render an enchanted Christmas. Wind-blown snow howls across the pages. A golden glow illuminates the scenes in the hotel. The aurora borealis seems to dance above the city.
Parents of young kids may have to explain the references to Dickens’ Christmas spirits, New York City landmarks, and Saks and Barneys. Such references and the long, busy text, make this better for kids 5 and older. This is a must-have, however, for New Yorkers and aspiring Sugar Plum Fairies.
Lush acrylic paintings beautifully render an enchanted Christmas. Wind-blown snow howls across the pages. A golden glow illuminates the scenes in the hotel. The aurora borealis seems to dance above the city.
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