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Santa, Please Bring Me a Gnome

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Girl hopes for tiny live gift in gentle holiday story.

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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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