Always the Elf

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Reviewed by McKenzie Stephens, Teen Staff Writer

Always the Elf Story by Kimberly Jensen, Illustrations by Glenn Harmon. Published by Cedar Fort.

For her school play, Tasia is picked to be the elf - again. She would have much rather been the ballerina like Katie or the teddy bear like Brianna. They get to wear frilly costumes. But all Tasia gets is a "too-large-for-her-head" green felt hat. Her mom helps her see the importance of the crumpled green hat and her role as an elf by telling her a story taking her to a world full of buttons, fabric and the true meaning of Christmas.

This book is a wonderful bedtime story and a delightful Christmas tale. The book is a little long, so kids younger than three years old might have a hard time paying attention to the whole story. I didn't find it much of a problem though, and I read it to several different age groups. "Always the Elf" is a richly detailed story that captivates audiences around 3-7 years of age, but I enjoyed it too! I highly recommend this book.