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Winterfrost

By: Michelle Houts

Bettina is trusted to take care of baby Pia when Mor and Far are called away. But after a winterfrost settles over Lolland, Pia is gone, and there’s not a single footprint.

ISBN: 9780763665654

JLG Release: Jan 2015


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Denmark , Nisser (Danish gnomes) , Christmas season , Farm chores , Grandparents , Family life

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

The Larsens’ Christmas dinner is interrupted by a frantic emergency call that summons both parents away, leaving 12-year-old Bettina in charge of the farm, the household, and baby Pia. Unfortunately, in the confusion, family members forget the tradition of putting a bowl of holiday rice pudding out for the nisse who protects their Danish home The Larsens’ Christmas dinner is interrupted by a frantic emergency call that summons both parents away, leaving 12-year-old Bettina in charge of the farm, the household, and baby Pia. Unfortunately, in the confusion, family members forget the tradition of putting a bowl of holiday rice pudding out for the nisse who protects their Danish homestead. While the wee magical folk are usually kind and helpful, tradition warns that they can be prickly when slighted. So, when little Pia vanishes, Bettina fears that the offended nisse are to blame. An enchanted winterfrost opens the way for her to enter their hidden world. She learns that Pia is being held by Ulf, an angry nisse, estranged from his family and filled with guilt over a long-ago mistake. To bring her sister home, Bettina must travel to Ulf’s lonely island and help the unhappy recluse make peace with his family and his past. Children with a fascination for all things cute and tiny will delight in the cozy details of nisse household life, with its acorn cups and thistledown stockings. At the same time, they will appreciate Bettina’s struggle to cope with very adult responsibilities. A gentle holiday adventure with a quiet message of courage and responsibility.—Elaine E. Knight, formerly at Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL

Horn Book

Bettina, mourning the loss of her beloved grandfather, is left in charge of the farm and her baby sister Pia when her parents are unexpectedly called away on Christmas Eve. When a mischievous nisse steals Pia (in retribution for the omission of his traditional bowl of rice pudding), Bettina must use all her courage, wit, and heart to get her Bettina, mourning the loss of her beloved grandfather, is left in charge of the farm and her baby sister Pia when her parents are unexpectedly called away on Christmas Eve. When a mischievous nisse steals Pia (in retribution for the omission of his traditional bowl of rice pudding), Bettina must use all her courage, wit, and heart to get her sister back. In the process, her sadness over Farfar’s death is replaced by joy in their shared belief in the small folk. Although the novel’s outcome is never in doubt, readers will enjoy this benevolent Christmastime adventure inspired by Danish folklore. martha v. parravano

Book Details

ISBN

9780763665654

First Release

January 2015

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Fic

Trim Size

5 1/4" x 7 1/2"

Page Count

272

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.3; Points: 6;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.3; Points: 10;

Lexile

Level 810L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Denmark, Nisser (Danish gnomes), Christmas season, Farm chores, Grandparents, Family life,

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