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Each year Grandpa Figgyworth has continued his tradition of leaving notes and trinkets for the villagers of the North Pole on a special day that has come to be known as The Festival of the Elves. When Holly Figgyworth and her brother Noel decide to spread the custom elsewhere, they are advised to seek permission from the Elder Elf Council. Having done so, they are granted permission to visit one family and they chance upon the family Puddington. Each day leading up to Christmas they leave themed notes for the family, who enter into the fun with great joy, and continue to do so each year, reminding each other of Grandpa's words: "The magic around you is the magic you make."
This is the type of book that I would have adored when I was a child as it really does capture the spirit and magic of Christmas. It would be perfect to share as a family each Christmas Eve and to be passed down to future generations. It actually seems quite relevant this year of the pandemic as it shows how much fun the family can have together inventing things to do.
The illustrations are charming as they match the text well and contain lots of detail so that the reader wants to keep on looking. I especially liked the little map of the North Pole at the beginning and end of the book.
A delightful Christmas story.
Val Rowe, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador
With debut author Angeli Elliott's Festival of the Elves comes a charming and precious story of elf siblings Noel and Holly and their quest to bring a secret note tradition to human families. The book written under the pen name of Holly Figgyworth, tells the story of the elf Christmas custom started by Holly and Noel's own Grandpa elf Norris Figgyworth, who "wanted the holiday season to be full of surprises and delights."
"Every night in December, Grandpa Figgyworth left funny little notes and sometimes trinkets for his family, friends, and neighbors. As he delivered each note, he would say with a little half smile, a wiggle of his left eyebrow, and a waggle of his right ear, "The magic around you is the magic you make."
Filled with lush full-page spreads of glorious and delightfully playful paintings by illustrator Mai S. Kemble, the book showcases the intricate world of North Pole elves and their journey to spread the magic of tradition to a loving human family. The story is the perfect length as a read-aloud for the youngest set and read-alone for those children just learning. Kids of all ages will enjoy poring over the details of the beautifully rendered elves and their elaborate clothing, homes, and objects.
Festival of the Elves is a perfect addition to any family's treasure of time-honored Christmas books, with an enduring and magical story and tradition to read and share together for years to come.
The back of the book description is as follows:
Holly Figgyworth and her brother Noel began their adventure on a twinkly, swirly, snowy night. Away from the North Pole for the first time, they were determined to share the elf tradition of merriment and kindness with the Puddington family. Through their journey they discovered the true meaning of Grandpa Figgyworth's favorite saying, "The magic around you is the magic you make."
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
|Publication date:||14th September 2020|
|Author:||Angeli J Elliott|
|Illustrator:||Mai S Kemble|
|Suitable for:||5+ readers, 7+ readers, Indie Author Books|
|Genres:||Fantasy / Magical, Traditional Tales|
|Recommendations:||Indie Books We Love|
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