Christmas Treasury Christmas Treasury
Written and illustrated by
Jan Brett
ISBN  0-399-23648-1

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     Jan Brett's exquisite art is universally recognized as being among the finest in children's books today.  Enter her world and experience the stunning natural settings and the endearing characters she creates in gloriously detailed paintings.  From her decorative borders to her impish trolls to her warm and loving animals, she draws upon the cultures of the countries in which her stories are set and brings us both original stories and classics as charming, lively, and timeless as her art.
     The Christmas Treasury combines seven of her most famous, highly acclaimed, best-selling books, The Mitten, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Trouble with Trolls, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Hat, Christmas Trolls, and The Night Before Christmas.
     The Mitten
is based on a Ukrainian folktale about a lost mitten that becomes the home and refuge for all kinds of forest animals.  In the borders, reader can follow the adventures of the boy Nicki as he searches for his lost mitten.
     The Wild Christmas Reindeer, set at the North Pole, features eager Teeka, who has been charged by Santa to get his reindeer ready to pull the sleigh.  But the reindeer keep making trouble for Teeka.  Will they be ready to go on Christmas Eve?
     Trouble with Trolls is also set in the snowy north, where Treva and her faithful dog, Tuffi, must defy a group of trolls--trolls whose one desire is to have a dog!  Will Treva be quick thinking enough to keep fending off the tricky trolls?
     In The Twelve Days of Christmas Jan Brett presents the reader with a visual feast based on the traditional Christmas song.  All the splendid images of Christmas come joyously alive.  The music for the song is included.
     In The Hat, the delightful, original companion to The Mitten, Hedgie the beloved hedgehog has become stuck in a sock.  All the other animals laugh at him, but he convinces them of his cleverness--an gets the last laugh.
     Treva and the trolls return in Christmas Trolls, and this time she must teach them the meaning of Christmas.  The trolls try to capture Christmas itself--by stealing toys and food.  But when Treva shows them how to have fun, and give, it is the best Christmas ever!
     In her beautiful and lavish edition of the classic Christmas poem The Night Before Christmas, Jan Brett glorifies each important element of the season, from the elves who pack the sleight to the wonder of each toy, each child, and each magical moment.
     Her fans and critics agree, "No one can render snow and Scandinavian winter more gorgeously than Jan Brett."  (The New Yorker)  And indeed, Jan Brett celebrates the magic, the beauty, and the wonder of Christmas in every detail of her work.

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