Anja, the real life daughter of the creators, is back in another adventure - this time, she befriends a reindeer baby and raises it on her own. They do everything together - attend school, go fishing, travel the countryside, and see the Northern Lights - and eventually the reindeer meets Santa and becomes part of his sled team. Anja loses one friend, but gains another - Santa gives her a puppy to take home with her.
Those of you who have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I'm just A LITTLE obsessed with all things Scandinavian. (And Japanese. And British. Does fairyland count as its own country? Because I'm obsessed with that as well.)
So I loooove books set in the Nordic lands - the Moomins, Astrid Lindgren's books, the holiday works of Jan Brett, the Ricka Dicka Flicka series, TOMTES - I really can't ever get enough. The setting lends itself so magically to Christmastime. And this book is no exception.
Does it sound ridiculous to say that this is full of holiday magic? It's full of holiday magic. As many pictures as I showed you, I didn't even show the very best ones, because I didn't want to spoil everything! When Julia is particularly excited about something, she tells me, "Mama, it gives me a good feeling." This book gives you a good feeling. It just jump started my holiday and I think you guys need to get on this one asap. It's lovely.