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|Home for Christmas|
Author: Brett, Jan
Rollo the troll is tired of chores, but after spending time with various animal families he realizes he wants to be home for Christmas even if he must behave.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.80
Points: .5 Quiz: 147777
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 3.70
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 54519
Common Core Standards
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Kirkus Reviews (09/01/11)
School Library Journal (10/01/11)
The Hornbook (00/11/11)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2011 K-Gr 3—A naughty little troll learns a lesson just in time for Christmas in this Scandinavian-flavored tale. Trolls, readers learn, only lose their tails when they are kind and helpful, and that does not describe wild child Rollo, who never helps out. In fact, he runs away from home looking for a family that won't require him to contribute. The owl and bear families don't work out, and as the year progresses toward winter and the weather gets colder, Rollo realizes he wants to be home, which is fortunately just down the mountain. One moose antler toboggan ride later, he meets up with his family, and his kind and helpful behavior on Christmas Eve results in a lost tail for this reformed character. The story isn't one of Brett's finest, but, as always, the charming illustrations are filled with wonderful detail.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2011 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 10/15/2011 The jolly, stiff-haired trolls seen in Trouble with Trolls (1992) and Christmas Trolls (1993) are back. Rollo runs away from his troll family when he tires of doing chores. He joins a series of animal families but runs into trouble at each spot; for instance, while with a family of bears, he hogs a beehive and gets stung. At last, though, the cold reminds him of the comforts of home—just in time for Christmas Eve. Brett’s signature watercolor illustrations with elaborate borders wonderfully evoke the Swedish setting. Given Brett’s popularity, old and new fans alike will no doubt acquire this as a family gift and be equally satisfied. - Copyright 2011 Booklist.