A Baby Doll from Santy Claus by Vivian Zabel

A Baby Doll from Santy Claus by Vivian Zabel is wonderful story, set after World War II, about a young girl’s Christmas wish.

The war is over, and factories are making toys again. Ellouise’s parents take her to a store in San Antonio to tell Santa what she wants for Christmas. That’s when she spies a beautiful doll. But, how will Santy Claus bring her that baby doll if she is visiting her grandparents instead of staying home for the holidays?

Oh, my goodness, what a sweet, sweet story. Here is this young girl getting to visit Santa after the war is over. Can’t you just imagine how joyful a time that was for her? The author portrays such a time of excitement, which is further relayed by the colorful artwork from Diane Brown. Then, suddenly, all that excitement turns to worry as she wonders how it is possible Santy Claus will find her at her grandparents’ house. Zabel captures the true emotions of a child so well in this story.

If you are looking for a story about the wonder and excitement of Christmas, you will want to pick up A Baby Doll from Santy Claus. You will also find information about World War II, and readers will learn the inspiration behind the story. Truly a seasonal treasure.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ 4RV Children’s Corner (September 28, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 52 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1940310725
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1940310725
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 – 8 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Kindergarten – 3

I purchased a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Interviewed at Heart Soul Mind

Author Jenny Fulton interviewed me at her blog Heart Soul Mind. We talked about A Christmas Kindness. You can find our interview at https://heart-soul-mind.org/2021/09/22/welcome-wednesday-spreading-kindness-with-cheryl-c-malandrinos

Blogging at 4RV – Seasonal Favorites

Today, I am blogging about seasonal favorites from 4RV Publishing. You can find my post at https://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/2020/12/4rv-seasonal-favorites.html

I will be blogging at Christian Children’s Authors tomorrow.

Little Mole’s Christmas Gift by Glenys Nellist

A sweet story from beginning to end is what you’ll find in Little Mole’s Christmas Gift by Glenys Nellist.

Little Mole is thrilled when he finds the perfect mushroom for Mama’s Christmas gift. As he is dragging it home, he comes upon some woodland friends in need, and proves kindness is one of the best gifts of the season.

This is one of those Christmas stories you and the kids will never tire of reading. A little one so excited about giving his mother the best gift he can find, suddenly has to make decisions about how he can best help his friends.

Sally Garland’s artwork on Little Mole’s Christmas Gift is adorable and so realistic you can almost feel the wind blowing the snow around. These two women collaborate so well together. I can’t wait for more Little Mole stories.

A charming story of the season awaits you and your little ones. Highly recommended.

I received a digital copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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  • Grade Level : 1 – 2
  • Hardcover : 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1506448755
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1506448756

I received a digital copy from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Seasonal Titles: A Christmas Angel and One Family’s Christmas by Mary Jean Kelso, Illustrated by K.C. Snider

Melissa is a young girl who moves with her family to Oregon via The Oregon Trail. She has been allowed to bring one prized possession and she struggles to see that the porcelain angel that has topped the family Christmas tree makes the journey safely.

Read an excerpt!

Melissa inspected the angel carefully before handing her over to William. She straightened the small gown of white velvet. She carefully arranged the sleeves over its arms that stretched out as if to grasp the season with joy. She felt the downy fluff of its wings. Finally, she adjusted the tiny golden halo and handed the angel to William. She watched as he stretched to reach the top of the tree. William turned and looked mischievously at her. He acted as if he were about to drop the angel.

“William, do be careful!” Melissa shrieked.

Read the reviews!

“This is a lovely book about friendship between two very different people from opposite cultures. It is also a tale about hope and the magic of Christmas. Children will delight in the colorful illustrations as they learn about the Oregon Trail and the pioneers, their hardships and dreams of a better life. At the end of the book there’s a section with activities and information about the pilgrims, as well as a game and a map. The Christmas Angel will make a lovely Christmas gift to any child as well as an excellent tool for teachers to teach this era of American history.” –Mayra Calvani, Midwest Book Review

“The Christmas Angel is a very heartwarming story that I think not only children, but people of any age will delight in. This poignant tale not only touches the heart but allows the reader to be a part of the wonderful journey. The magnificent illustrations, along with the tender tale, are truly captivating. It is one that I know I will treasure. I can tell Ms. Kelso really put her heart into this wonderful read. I fell in love with The Christmas Angel.” –Linda L. Lattimer, Author/Reviewer and Literacy in the Schools Advocate

“In The Christmas Angel Mary Jean Kelso writes about a girl traveling westward with her family in a wagon train. Her adventures are related in a lively, colorfully illustrated tale that brings the frontier to life for young readers.” –Eric N. Moody, Author/Publisher, Curator of Manuscripts, Nevada Historical Society

PURCHASE THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL AT: http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/christmas-angel.htm AND http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Angel-Mary-Jean-Kelso/dp/1933090588/

After a family’s star for their Christmas tree is destroyed they search for another ornament to top the tree. They resurrect the treetop angel carried across The Oregon Trail by a young pioneer and bring the story of The Christmas Angel full circle.

Read an excerpt!

Derrick turned the bright red glass in his hand and looked at the elf ’s big ears and mouth. The elf ’s painted lips smiled at him.

During the previous holiday season, Derrick had been two years old. This year he couldn’t remember what a real Christmas tree looked like. But he remembered that Mom had set him on some strange man’s lap. He hadn’t liked that at all. He had screamed and stiffened his body until he slid off the stranger’s red clad legs. Somebody flashed a picture and shoved a candy cane in his hand. He heard laughter when his mother whisked him away.

Read the reviews!

“I have been anxiously awaiting the sequel to The Christmas Angel, and One Family’s Christmas is certainly worth the wait. I think I enjoyed this book even more than the first one in the series as it reminded me so much of myself. I have a love of history and could appreciate this family’s excitement over finding the angel heirloom in their attic, and the pride they felt in being able to display it on their Christmas tree. These two books together will make for some great discussions in your family. I especially appreciate the extra pages at the end, explaining genealogy and how to learn more about your own family lineage. As a homeschool mother, I’m always looking for those added “extras” that make a book more educational.”Reviewed by Heidi Strawser

PURCHASE  ONE FAMILY’S CHRISTMAS AT: http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/1-familys-xmas.htm AND http://www.amazon.com/Familys-Christmas-Mary-Jean-Kelso/dp/1935137050/

Mary Jean Kelso is a multi-genre’ author. Besides Cowboy James, RV Mouse, The Christmas Angel, and its sequel, One Family’s Christmas, and the Andy & the Albino Horse series, she is the author of the young adult Lynne Garrett series: Goodbye Is Forever, Abducted!, and Sierra Summer. Also Kat’s Cradle, Blue Coat, and The Homesteader series.

Mary Jean wrote for many newspapers and magazines and was an Asst. Editor prior to concentrating on fiction for children, young adults and adults. Mary Jean recently received awards from The Nevada Press Assn. and The National Press Assn. as a correspondent for The Lahontan Valley News. She is a member of Made in Nevada– www.madeinNV.com
Visit Mary Jean on the Web at www.authorsden.com/maryjeankelso

 

KC Snider, a prominent award-winning Oregon artist, has branched out into a variety of styles and subjects. Her collection of oil paintings, lithographs, and pencil drawings include the All-American Cowboy and Cowgirl and their historical lifestyles with magnificent wolves, buffalo herds, eagles and birds of prey along with horses and domestic animals. Her artwork has won numerous awards including the Snaffle Bit Award and the Pioneer Award.

Snider lives in the high desert with majestic views of the Cascade Mountains’ snow capped peaks. K.C. also illustrates children’s books: Cowboy James; A Star in the Night; Alleycat; The Christmas Angel; Preston, the Not-So-Perfect Pig; One Family’s Christmas; Cartwheel Annie; The Magic Violin; Does Heaven Get Mail?; Andy & The Albino Horse Series; Baby Jesus is Missing; Katydidn’t; A Short Tale About a Long Tail; Monster Maddie; RV Mouse; Frederico, the Mouse Violinist; Stilts the Stork; The Milk Horse & Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind. Visit KC at www.kcsniderart.com and blog.kcsniderart.com