How the Reindeer Got Their Antlers

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Ashamed of his crown of antlers, the reindeer retreats to the lonely northern wastelands, but many years later his descendants find their antlers useful when they help Santa Claus one Christmas Eve.

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Geraldine McCaughrean is an award-winning storyteller and has retold many well-known stories including Orchard Book of Greek Myths, Orchard Book of Greek Gods and Goddesses and Orchard Book of Stories from the Ballet. Her novels for children have won the Guardian Children's Book Prize, the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Award. She lives in Berkshire with her husband and daughter. Heather Holland studied theatre design at Central School of Art and since graduating has been involved in visual theatre using masks and large puppets. She lives in Gloucestershire with her husband and daughter. This is her first book for Orchard.

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Ages 6-8. After the animals are made, they quarrel about who should be king, but an angel gives them all crowns: fur for the lion, a comb for the rooster, and antlers for the reindeer. The reindeer is horrified by her twisted, treelike crown and flees to the far north, where she and her descendants live for thousands of years. One winter day, a bearded fellow in a red coat turns up with a sleigh much too heavy to pull alone. Hoping Santa won't find them too ugly, the reindeer volunteer to help. When the sleigh slips on the ice, the deer use their antlers to save the day. Seeing the ruined broken antlers, Santa gives the deer a gift better than a golden crown: the power of flight on Christmas Eve. The pictures are clearly inspired by the theatrical masks and puppets that illustrator Holland works with; flat patterns and repeated shapes--hearts, diamonds, stars, etc.--are used to fine decorative effect. A pleasant holiday pourquoi story by the indefatigable McCaughrean, this makes a nice addition to the solstice canon. GraceAnne DeCandido
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