Perfect Picture Books


                         THE WILD CHRISTMAS REINDEER

Welcome to my first Perfect Picture Book Friday blog…EVER!  After reading so many wonderful reviews for years, I finally figured it’s time to join this august group of picture book fanatics. And I can’t think of a better month to do so than December – a time to savor those holiday books.  Without further ado:





Title: The Wild Christmas Reindeer

Written and Illustrated By: Jan BrettScholastic, 1991, Fiction (reprinted, 1998, Penguin Young Readers Group)

Suitable for Ages: 4-8

Themes/Topics: holidays; animals

Opening: “Teeka was excited. And a little afraid. This year Santa had asked her to get the reindeer ready to fly on Christmas Eve. Teeka had never done this before and she wanted everything to be perfect.”

Brief Synopsis: When Teeka tries to tame the reindeer with bossiness, she is met with resistance that results in a tangle of antlers that needs to be detangled before Christmas Eve.

Links to Resources: Try telling your own story by focusing on the richly-illustrated side panels (hint: they act as an Advent calendar – something you can create and decorate, too). Additionally, create your own pinecone reindeer team.

Why I Like this Book: True confession, Jan Brett is one of my all-time favorite picture book authors, and I especially adore her holiday books. In prose and enchanting folk art illustrations, including side frames (one of the reasons I so love Brett’s books), we journey with Brett to Santa’s Winter-farm: a setting lifted straight from a fairy tale. The main character, Teeka is a little girl who for the first time is readying the reindeer to fly on Christmas Eve. What child hasn’t dreamed of that task? And who wouldn’t be a little afraid, too, of such a huge responsibility? This is a book that appeals to the child in all of us.

This Perfect Picture Book entry is being added to Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Books list. Check out the other great picture books featured there!

3 responses to “Perfect Picture Books

  1. This is an oldie but goodie. And agree that I could get lost in the detailed illos of Jan Brett’s books.

  2. I was going to say what Wendy said. This has endured many winter seasons and will continue to be a favorite!

  3. I love Jan Brett’s books. Bought so many for my daughter when she was young. Her work is timeless. I love the reindeer story — guess we picked similar subject for PPBF.

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