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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tinycandy's Gift (Picture Book)

Released October 2008

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

I believe that the version of Tinycandy's Gift I received is updated from the original 2008 release. The copyright date has changed and a CD is now included allowing children to read-along with the storybook.  Amazon doesn't show the updated information, however, so I recommend visiting the publisher's website where you can purchase autographed copies for the same price as Amazon.

Tinycandy is one of Santa's elves, but with rounded ears and difficulties walking, he stands out as being different. More importantly, while each elf has a special talent for making a specific toy for the children, Tinycandy messes up whatever he does. This doesn't go unnoticed by the other elves and Tinycandy hears their cruel words when they don't think he's around.

One night, Mrs. Claus hears Tinycandy crying. She invites him into her kitchen where Tinycandy creates an amazing gift that the children around the world will love. Learn what Tinycandy created and how it became one of the world's most popular Christmas treats. The story ends with a recipe that children and an adult helper can make at home.

Tinycandy's Gift is an enjoyable, easy to read picture book. It's a neat explanation for a holiday staple that I can see children growing up and then sharing the tale with their own children. The read-along CD is an added bonus, especially in this time of year where parents' schedules often have them too busy to read to their child at the drop of a hat. Simply pop the CD into your stereo and the child can follow the story. Jingling bells alert the child to a page turn.

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