Winterfrost by Michelle Houts audiobook
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Winterfrost

By Michelle Houts
Read by Amy McFadden

Candlewick on Brilliance Audio

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781531863227

  • ISBN: 9781531863227

Runtime: 4.73 Hours
Category: Fiction/Action & Adventure
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English

Summary

Summary

An ordinary Danish Christmas turns extraordinary when a family overlooks an important folkloric tradition.

Christmas has come, and with it a sparkling white winterfrost over the countryside. But twelve-year-old Bettina's parents have been called away unexpectedly, leaving her in charge of the house, the farm, and baby Pia. In all the confusion, Bettina's family neglects to set out the traditional bowl of Christmas rice pudding for the tiny nisse who are rumored to look after the family and their livestock. No one besides her grandfather ever believed the nisse were real, so what harm could there be in forgetting this silly custom? But when baby Pia disappears during a nap, the magic of the nisse makes itself known. To find her sister and set things right, Bettina must venture into the miniature world of these usually helpful, but sometimes mischievous folk. A delightful winter adventure for lovers of the legendary and miraculous.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Never neglect a nisse. Such is the hard lesson learned by young Bettina in this novel, set in Denmark…Houts’ descriptions of the glistening weather phenomenon of winterfrost heighten the air of wonder in the story. The mix of fantasy, legend, and holiday tradition makes for a heady, escapist read.” Publishers Weekly
“Children with a fascination for all things cute and tiny will delight in the cozy details of nisse household life, with its acorn cups and thistledown stockings. At the same time, they will appreciate Bettina’s struggle to cope with very adult responsibilities. A gentle holiday adventure with a quiet message of courage and responsibility.” School Library Journal
“A magical middle-grade tale of a human child’s encounter with nisse folk—tiny gnomelike creatures who, legend has it, inhabit the houses, barns, and woodlands of Denmark…A timeless story that upholds and nurtures the magical worlds of nature and childhood.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Michelle Houts

Author Bio: Michelle Houts

Michelle Houts fell in love with the nisse folk more than twenty years ago while living in Denmark, where she became fascinated with their tales of mischief and fun. Her Danish friends continue to share nisse stories and an occasional sighting. Michelle Houts lives in west central Ohio.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Action & Adventure
Runtime: 4.73
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English