How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever
Candlewick, 9781536201376, 40pp.
Publication Date: September 10, 2019
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Compact Disc (9/10/2019)
Dasher is an adventurous young reindeer with a wish in her heart. She spends her days with her family under the hot sun in a traveling circus, but she longs for a different life — one where there is snow beneath her hooves and the North Star above her head. One day, when the opportunity arises, Dasher seizes her destiny and takes off in pursuit of the life she wants to live. It’s not long before she meets a nice man in a red suit with a horse-drawn sleigh — a man named Santa. And soon, with the help of a powerful Christmas wish, nothing will be the same.
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Praise For Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever…
—BookPage (starred review)
Gorgeous illustrations make this one sure to fly off shelves "like the down of a thistle."
Richly colored illustrations in watercolor, gouache, pencil, and pastel delineate the history of how Dasher volunteered to pull Santa’s sleigh and help him bring joy to children on Christmas. Readers will enjoy this lush new holiday tale that focuses on Santa’s original reindeer.
Happily for all, a bit of magic assists gift delivery, and Santa’s gratitude leads to granted wishes and a reindeer reunion. Tavares’s classically painted figures are lit by moonlight and falling snow in this cozy antidote to holiday hullabaloo.
Dasher’s personality is clearly conveyed through her fervent wish for a better life, and her love of her family...and of carrots. Tavares’s painterly watercolor, gouache, pencil, and pastel illustrations reflect the pleasantly nostalgic tone used throughout this Santa’s-reindeer origin story.
—The Horn Book
Matt Tavares’s Dasher is magical. Kids are going to love this story for decades to come.
—Colby Sharp, co-founder of Nerdy Book Club