N is for Norway and that’s where we’re heading today.
The Christmas Wish
by Lori Evert (author) and Per Breiehagen (photographer)
featuring their daughter, Anja
Random House Children’s Books:2013
picture book ages 2-7
I read The Christmas Wish to a group of kindergartners today and they were mesmerized from start to finish. I was too – we all felt that we had traveled from sunny California to winter in Norway.
This story follows Anja, a little girl with a wish. She wants to help Santa on Christmas Eve so she decides to go and look for him. But first, she must help the elderly neighbor by catching her naughty cat, decorating the gingerbread house and sweeping the snow from the sauna. She studies the map of Norway, puts on her skis and heads north.
Fortunately, animals help her on her journey.
This book is absolutely breathtaking. The photographs of the traditional clothing and homes, the snow, the Northern Lights,
and Anja’s interactions with the animals
make this a classic book to read over and over –no matter what season it is.
This is a picture of Savannah enjoying The Christmas Wish. On the back of the book it says:
Such good advice!
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What a BEAUTIFUL story! I can’t wait to read it, I’ve always wanted to visit Norway. And I love the thoughtful advice at the end. Thanks for sharing!
Claire Annette Noland says
I spent the month of February in Norway a number of years ago. I’d love to go there in the summer. I hope you’ll get to visit someday.
Rosie Amber says
I would love to see the Northern Lights one day.
Tina Cho says
Beautiful book! Thanks for sharing!
Trine Grillo says
Me too, Rosie. I hope to get to Norway someday. I was named after my Norwegian great-grandmother. Thank for giving us a glimpse at this one, Claire.
Love the theme! Great post!
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David Macaulay says
aw cute blog -I’d certainly love to visit Norway some day..
Stephen Tremp says
It’s officially the second half of A to Z. Time to catch that second wind, rest up on Sunday, then it’s that mad dash toward the finish line!
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Looks lovely and almost like a fairy tale book, Claire. Savannah would fit perfectly in the decor!
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Pammy Pam (@Pamlovesbooks) says
oh thats SO adorable! Isnt Frozen supposed to take place in Norway?
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Livia Quinn says
I’m enjoying your blog. So many intriguing places to visit.