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When her mother tells her that there is no time to put together a proper Swedish Christmas, Hanna longs to return to Sweden, but when her grandmother sends her a tomten, a magical and mischievous creature, Hannah learns to celebrate Christmas in a special way!
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Melissa Peterson is the author of many books for children, including the Carmen Sandiego mysteries Hasta La Vista, Blarney, and The Cocoa Commotion. She lives with her ever growing family in Port Washington, New York.From School Library Journal:
K-Gr 3-The move from Sweden to America is not as exciting to young Hanna as it is to her family. She is forced to say good-bye to her grandmother, the farm animals, and her home. Then a crate arrives from Mormor filled with wonderful things to remind the family of their homeland: a box of chocolates, a jar of homemade jam, and a long, lacy white dress for Hanna to wear on Santa Lucia Day. Inside the packing straw Hanna also finds a "tomten," a magical creature said to bring good luck or mischief depending on his mood, and this one does not look happy. He is angry that he is not on the farm and proceeds to go on a mischief-making rampage. Hanna is blamed and when her parents tell her "enough is enough," she sets out to try and make the tomten feel more at home, ultimately resulting in her own satisfaction about being there. The smoothly integrated plotline and colorful acrylic artwork provide a unique context and glimpse into another culture.-P. G.
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Book Description HarperFestival, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110694013714
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Book Description HarperFestival, 2001. Condition: New. Melissa Iwai (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0694013714