A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows the kind of home a hamster needs: a warm, dry box filled with soft sawdust.
It's OK to dream big and have hope. Sometimes you might not get what you asked for, but you might get something else really wonderful. A good friend will go places with you and listen to you when you talk about your day.
Positive Role Models
Tess is sweet, thoughtful, understanding, and optimistic and works hard to get things ready for the gnome she hopes is coming. She's grateful for the gift she gets, even though it's not what she asked for. Her mom and dad are kind, supportive. Her grandparents don't knock her for believing a gnome will come and help her get things ready for him.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Santa, Please Bring Me a Gnome is a gentle holiday tale by Belgian author An Swerts about a cute little girl named Tess who asks for a gnome in her Christmas letter to Santa. As she hopefully and confidently prepares for his arrival, her grandparents pitch in, making him a tiny bed and quilt. When the big day comes, Santa has a letter for her explaining what she's getting instead. And she's fine with that. It's a charming story that will be very relatable for parents who've faced impossible requests in their own homes. And kids will be drawn in by the super cute art and a sweet main character who sweeps readers up in her fanciful hopes and dreams.
Is It Any Good?
This gentle holiday tale has an adorable main character hoping for something that seems an impossible request. And what makes Santa, Please Bring Me a Gnome relatable is that Tess' desire is so like live-being requests parents get all the time, for everything from a puppy to a pony to a parakeet. Tess accepts the reason Santa gives in the letter she finds on Christmas morning. And her substitute gift gives her what she's been craving: someone she can do things with who will listen to her "like a real friend."
Dutch illustrator Eline va Lindenhuizen's soft, cheery watercolor-and-pencil illustrations have a cozy winter feel that perfectly matches the warm tone of the story. Kids will notice the bright red accent of the tiny Santa hat first on the gnome that she imagines in her backpack appearing later on the hamster that actually fits in her backpack in real life.
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