Saturday, July 17, 2010

Book Review: The Little Red Elf by Barbara Barbieri McGrath

✰✰✰½ This adorable holiday adaptation of The Little Red Hen is sure to please. A reindeer, a penguin, a hare, and a little red elf all live and work in a workshop at the North Pole. However, it seems that the little red elf is used to doing all the workshop work by herself.

When she finds a pinecone one day, she asks the others for help. When her friends turn her down, the little red elf must once again do all the work alone. She must plant it and water it, bring it indoors and decorate it. But when presents suddenly arrive will the little red elf share with her lazy friends? Or will she open all the presents herself? Wait and see...everyone is in for a big surprise.

The Bottom Line: The Little Red Elf is super cute. Author Barbara McGrath's holiday take on a childhood classic teaches kids the gift of sharing. Meanwhile the softly colored acrylic paintings of Rosalinde Bonnet enhance the story and bring it to life. It's the perfect bedtime story for kids ages 3 - 7. Girls especially will love it.

The Little Red Elf by Barbara Barbieri McGrath. Illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet. Published by Charlesbridge in 2009. Hardcover edition, 32 pages. ISBN: 978-1-58089-236-0

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