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Title: The Father Christmas Letters by J. R. R. Tolkien
This book shares a series of letters written by Tolkien (as Father Christmas) to his children, chronicling the adventures at the North Pole each year. The letters are nicely illustrated with Tolkien’s customary pen and ink drawings.
This book was completely new to me and I fell in love with it! Tolkien’s illustrations are simply charming and it’s interesting to see how his style, which I’m used to seeing in his LOTR books, comes through in these letters written to his children.
The letters themselves are simple enough for children, but still interesting for older readers. It’s easy to imagine the antics going on at the North Pole with the elves, goblins and especially the North Polar Bear or N. P. B. Who knew that Santa was faced with quite so many obstacles and shenanigans while getting ready to deliver presents to children all around the world? I can’t wait to share this book with my kids–they are going to love it!
I recommend The Father Christmas Letters to children and families as a wonderful book to read during the holiday season. You should be able to finish it in two or three leisurely sittings.
Rating: 5 Stars
Until next time…