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“Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”
Summary: Everyone is gathering at Nana and Papa's house for Christmas. Andy loved Christmas with Papa, especially Papa's beautiful sleigh. Papa showed Andy a key, and said simply "All things are possible when you believe." The next day, Papa explained the significance of the Magic Key and Andy was now its keeper. Being the Keeper of Santa's Magic Key turned out to be much harder than Andy thought. With Andy in charge, Christmas was turning into a disaster! What would Santa think? There is a lot of depth to this story about family, tradition, and the meaning of Christmas.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 9 and Up
Interest Level: 5 and Up
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a beautiful story. I especially loved Andy's relationship with his grandfather and the special bond they share. For younger children, the story will help explain how Santa visits different homes. For older children, it is a story about responsibility, honesty, and being careful what you wish for.
Pros: Families will share this treasure of a book for many years (if not generations). It has that classic feel, but is timeless, too. The Magic Christmas Key could become a special family tradition.
Cons: Absolutely none.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that you'll want for your own family, and as a gift for parents-to-be or a new family.