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Santa Comes to Little House [Paperback]

Laura Ingalls Wilder , Renee Graef
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Product Description

From Publishers Weekly

Santa Comes to Little House, illus. by Renee Graef, lifts the Christmas chapter out of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4-How are Santa and his reindeer going to make it to Mary and Laura's house with the creek so swollen with water and them so far away in Indian Territory? Mr. Edwards, their neighbor, won't be able to join them for Christmas dinner, either, as he lives on the other side of the creek. As Ma begins to prepare the wild turkey that Pa has killed for their dinner, the cabin has an air of somberness. Christmas does come to the little house, but in a much different way than Mary and Laura expected. Graef's illustrations, done in soft, warm colors, elicit the feeling of times gone by and make the story accessible to a wide age group. As with other picture books created from text excerpted from the "Little House" books (HarperCollins), readers will not benefit from Wilder's rich and skillful development of characters; without the context of the complete story, they will not be as involved in the action. Nonetheless, this is a sweet family read-aloud for veterans of the series, or a way to introduce these sisters to younger audiences.
P. G.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Ages 5-8. Complete and unabridged, this chapter from Little House on the Prairie has long been a favorite of Little House fans. Now it stands alone as a picture book. There's no particular reason to put this in picture-book format other than marketing; the Little House spin-offs just keep on growing. But the story, in which Mary and Laura wait--almost--in vain for Santa Claus is still dear. And the girls' delight in receiving presents as simple as a tin cup may give children something to ponder. The full-color paintings effectively show the scenes inside the cabin, but the characters have a generic look. This will probably be well received by bookstore patrons; for libraries it's a secondary purchase. Ilene Cooper
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

“Santa Comes to Little House earns its place among this year’s picks. Artist Renee Graef’s pictures transport the reader.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

About the Author

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in the Wisconsin woods in 1867. She wrote the Little House books based on her own experiences growing up on the Western frontier. Just like the characters in her stories, Laura and her family traveled by covered wagon across the Midwest as they moved from place to place. She and her husband, Almanzo, finally settled down in Mansfield, Missouri, where she lived until she was ninety years old.

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