Parents' Guide to

The Legend of Holly Claus

By Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

St. Nick's saintly child plays fantasy heroine.

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age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

Awaken the spirit of Christmas in you heart

A truly heart warming Chirstmas story sure to awaken the child in all of us. Kids will love the story of Holly's adventures and her wonderful friends. The illustrations are beautiful I only wish they were in color in all their glory like in the picture book but they are still breathtaking as they are. This will be a book you and you're kids will want to make a Christmas tradition to read every year.

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Is It Any Good?

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This is a good read for kids who like fantasy, strong female characters, and a bit of innocent romance. A new take on the jolly, pink-cheeked, white-bearded man living in the North Pole, the father of Holly Claus has a temper, can be impetuous, is flirtatious with his wife, and struggles like any parent to settle his overachieving adolescent daughter.

This book in the Julie Andrews Collection is filled with flowery descriptions and accompanied by delicate illustrations. Certainly easy to read, the bulk of the drama is in the beginning and end, which may cause some readers to put it down and forget to pick it back up. However, this is a great holiday selection for kids who favor books with fantasy, romantic heroism, and plucky females.

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