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 12 sleighs of Christmas
 Author: Rinker, Sherri Duskey

 Publisher:  Chronicle Books (2017)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 25 x 28 cm

 BTSB No: 754778 ISBN: 9781452145143
 Ages: 5-8 Grades: K-3

 Stories in rhyme
 Santa Claus -- Fiction
 Elves -- Fiction
 Christmas -- Fiction
 Sleighs -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

When, two weeks before Christmas, the elves discover that Santa's sleigh is in a bad state, twelve teams of elves set out to build twelve different sleighs: a souped up hot rod, a semitruck that flies, a ship that sails in the sky, and each version is more elaborate than the one before--but which will Santa choose?

 Illustrator: Parker, Jake
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.80
   Points: .5   Quiz: 196269

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (09/01/17)
   School Library Journal (10/01/17)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/17)
 The Hornbook (00/11/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2017 PreS-Gr 2—After discovering Santa's sleigh is in a terrible state, the elves propose having a build-off to create a new and better sleigh in the two weeks before Christmas. Santa will select the winner. The endpapers show the various sleigh designs on green graph paper as a hint to what is coming. Rhyming text introduces the building teams' final designs, including a dragster sleigh with gliders instead of wheels; a tricked-out semi-truck that flies; a floating ship with 50 sails; a blimp—hot-air balloon hybrid; a motorcycle-sleigh; and "flying saucers, trucks with wings, all sorts of clever, crazy things." On Christmas Eve, Santa is amused and proud of all the elves' inventions, but nothing seems exactly right. The smallest elf crew member knows what to do, he has secretly been working on a backup plan—surprise! Santa's sleigh, restored. The 500-year-old classic ride wins the build-off. The colorful illustrations, created in brush pen and rendered digitally, are a perfect fit for sleigh creations reminiscent of Dr. Seuss's imaginative vehicles. VERDICT A splendid choice for any holiday read-aloud collection wishing to incorporate STEM concepts.—Diane Olivo-Posner, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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