After a few false starts, Teeka discovers the best way to get Santa’s reindeer ready for Christmas Eve.
The illustrations in this book are beautiful and I love the little illustrations on the side of each page showing more of the story. This book has a great message in the lesson that the main character learns, to help instead of getting frustrated. Overall, the story isn’t my favorite and seems a little long-winded.
Jan Brett’s detailed illustrations are the star of this gorgeous book, and the addition of side panel illustrations showing the progress of Santa’s other helpers while Teeka works with the reindeer are a wonderful addition. Teeka’s journey to learn what true leadership means is a sweet once, although I found myself wishing it had arrived there slightly faster.
With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation’s foremost author illustrators of children’s books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, “I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I’m drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real.”