Publication Date: October 13, 2011
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From the author of the 2013 Caldecott Honor Book, ONE COOL FRIEND!
Frances is determined to make Christmas jolly for her younger brother, even if it means joining family on the mainland and leaving Papa behind on their isolated lighthouse island. After all, would Santa even know how to find them in this faraway spot? But when Christmas Eve is ushered in on a wild storm and Papa risks his life to rescue a drowning man, the children realize that the most important thing about the holiday is being together.
As in all great Christmas stories, a happy ending is in store, and Santa finds them after all. Cozy and nostalgic, this story was inspired by the Flying Santa program, a New England tradition since 1929. It's the perfect book for a family to read together in front of the fire on Christmas morning.
Toni Buzzeo, a former teacher and school librarian, is now a full time author with many picture books to her credit, including Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten, The Sea Chest, and the Caldecott Honor winner One Cool Friend. She and her husband, Ken, divide their time between Sarasota, Florida and Buxton, Maine.
* “There’s a charmingly nostalgic feel both to the story and to the illustrations, which convey a sense of time and place and are very appealing.”
-School Library Journal, starred review
“Readers looking for a feel-good holiday story will find one here.”
“Mixed-media spreads filled with homespun period accents spark the poignant story.”
“A gentle but dramatic story of an earlier time.”
“The telling is smooth and engaging, and Carpenter’s mixed media pictures set the appropriate mood.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books