What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Letters from Father Christmas is a clever collection of illustrated letters fantasist J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, created for his children. They expand on traditional stories of St. Nicholas and the North Pole, adding the accident-prone "helper" the North Polar Bear, troublesome goblins, Snowboys, and others. In one tale the Man in the Moon drinks brandy and falls asleep. There are references to war, including messengers who don't return, displaced children, and special deliveries of basic comforts to families in need.
What's the story?
Is it any good?
Families can talk about...
- Families can talk about how the type and illustrations complement each other. Would you prefer to see just reproductions of the letters?
- How does J.R.R. Tolkien's imagining of life at the North Pole compare with other stories of Santa?
Families may want to infuse their own holiday traditions with Tolkien's spirit, perhaps beginning a correspondence with Santa themselves.
|Topics:||Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Holidays|
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Publication date:||November 15, 2004|
|Number of pages:||112|
|Publisher's recommended age(s):||5 - 8|
|Read aloud:||5 - 10|
|Read alone:||8 - 17|
|Available on:||iBooks, Kindle, Nook, Paperback|