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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Christine Kringle

by Lynn Brittney

In this book we learn that it's preposterous to believe that one, and only one, Santa can possibly stop at every single home on Christmas eve and deliver presents the world over. There are really many Santas that take over that responsibility. Each Santa and his family are members of the Yule Dynasty and each has his own country to take care of. In the US it is Kris Kringle, in Japan it is Santa Kurohsu, Brazil has Papai Noel, Slovakia has St. Mikulas, for Canada it's Old Belsnickle and in many South American countries there are the wise kings.

The Yule Dynasty meets annually on Nov 29 to take care of business. This year Kris Kringle hopes to persuade the council to change the age-old policy of turning the family business over to the oldest son. You see, Pa and Ma Kringle only have a one child, their daughter Christine.

There is another problem for the Yule convention when a small village in England announces it's decision to ban Christmas.

The process of resolving these problems and a few others that emerge along the way are at the heart of this whimsical, creative and delightful book aimed at the 8 to 16 year old reader. Christine Kringle is a fun book that will certainly get you in the Christmas spirit with its fun takeoff on the Santa Claus tale.

3 comments:

d. chedwick bryant said...

sounds like a fun book--I finished Birds in Fall --his writing reminded me of Joanne Harris books (Coastliners, Chocolat, etc) the mentions of scents and foods--descriptions...
I just started Bel Canto--enjoying it.

Shelley said...

I love this blog! Christine Kringle sounds like a great book to read to my kids. Thanks for the recommendation. I was looking for a good book to get in the Christmas spirit!

danielle said...

I read this book a while back and thought it was a very creative story as well!