Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

An Adorable Norwegian Christmas Book

My ancestral roots and my love for St. Lucia Day get me thinking about Scandinavian Christmas books every December...So I was thrilled when I received my Chinaberry Christmas catalog in November and saw a new children's Christmas book about a little girl from Norway on their cover!!!
I knew I had to see the inside of this book, so I immediately sent off an email to the publisher and could barely wait until I received my review copy - which I am excited to be offering to you as a GIVEAWAY today! 12/17/13 Update: Giveaway over.  I'll let the photo illustrations speak for themselves:

The Christmas Wish is a gift from husband and wife team, Lori Evert and Per Breiehagen to us and their daughter, Anja, the main character who's adorably dressed up in traditional Norwegian garb!
Anja sets out on an adventure to find Santa Claus so she can make her dream come true: to be like one of Santa's Elves and help him deliver toys to children.  Lots of woodland animals (my favorite is the polar bear) help her in her wintry endeavor - but will she succeed?  You'll have to read the book!

From the book jacket:
"Author Lori Evert is a prop, set and wardrobe stylist who loves books, nature and being Anja's mother. She was so inspired by the beauty and magic of an image of Anja with a reindeer that she began spinning a narrative about who they might be and why they were together.  Thus began the four-year family project that is The Christmas Wish.

Award-winning photographer Per Breiehagen grew up in the small mountain town of Al, Norway.  He spent his childhood exploring the dramatic landscapes near his home...Assignments for clients like National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, and Audubon have brought Per to some of the most remote snow-and-ice-covered regions in the world...Anja's love of the outdoors and winter is a great inspiration for Per."

Leave a comment here and/or on my Facebook link about this post to enter my Giveaway.  Winner announced on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. (You'll get the book in time to put it under your Christmas tree!) Updated 12/17/13 - Giveaway over.

You can order The Christmas Wish yourself here from Amazon. (Chinaberry has sold out of their copies.)


  1. This looks adorable! Would love to have it in my collection!

  2. This looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. this book is AMAZING and I would so love having our very own copy! thanks for this opportunity!

  4. Don't put me in the giveaway, because that just wouldn't be fair!, but I had to say that this looks so adorable that I'm going to buy myself a copy. How fun, Wendy.

  5. My little Anya would love a copy of this book! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Eek! How cool to see this! We just returned from Lucia Fest in Lindsborg. Norway, Sweden, it's all cool to me! I'm on a waiting list for this book at the library. I don't think I'll get it before Christmas, so crossing fingers!

  7. What a neat book! My great- grandmother was Norwegian. Her family immigrated from Norway. My kids would love this. :)

  8. Hi! I had seen pictures of this book on blogs and thought it was an ad! It's so beautiful! No idea if this giveaway is open to Europe. In case it is, please, count me in. I'm glad to have discovered that these incredible pictures are part of a story! Thank you! Merry Christmas from sunny Barcelona,

  9. Such a sweet book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. How cute! I'd love to enter the giveaway if it's open to Canadians. Thanks!

  11. These photos are just wonderful, I'd love to win this book!

  12. Love, love the photographs! It reminds me of Stranger in the Woods. I would love to add this to my collection or pass on to my bibliophile teacher friends!