THE OLDEST ELF by James Stevenson

THE OLDEST ELF

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Age Range: 5 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 In Santa's up-to-the-minute workshop, video games beep, battery-operated toys are the order of the day, and Blitzen has been replaced by a female reindeer, Josephine. Only Elwyn clings to the low-tech handmade playthings of the past, and he's so behind the times (his most recent calendar ``said 1984'') that he misses Santa's sleigh by 20 minutes. Elwyn's toy sack lies buried in the snow until Blitzen rallies the elf for a toy-delivery mission of their own. Of course, their path crosses Santa's and he welcomes the latecomers: ``Never too late for toys.'' Created by an elf who's no where near Elwyn's age, this Christmas fantasy is written with sweetness and wit, infused with nostalgia for the good old days, and brimming with appeal for the good old now. (Picture book. 5+)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-688-13755-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 1996




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