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Summary: As legend tells it, a young boy and his ice bear stopped by a hut on Christmas Eve to get warm. Kyri and her father, were, at the same time, warding against the trolls that invade their home every year and disrupt their celebration. Everyone has a role in The book retells a Norwegian folktale, in a place far away, with events that happened long ago.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 9; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 3 to 10
Reading Level: 4.3
Age of Child: Started reading with child 2 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He stops by the book as its being read, and loves to play out the knockety-knocks on the doors.
Adult Reader Reaction: The story is reminiscent of any of the fables we grew up with where trolls were involved with their mischief and happy endings. The illustrations are exquisite and make the reading all the more enchanting.
Pros: There is plenty of mischief for the "toddler troll" to imitate, and the story has a happy ending.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is one that will be passed on for generations. It will be both a holiday read AND a coffe-table book.