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The Christmas Mystery

by Jostein Gaarder
Illustrated by Rosemary Wells
Translated by Elizabeth Rokkan, from the Norwegian


Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 1996
222 pages
ISBN: 0-374-12329-2

Ages 6-11

Like Joachim, the boy with a mysterious Advent calendar, readers can journey geographically from Norway to the Bethlehem stable with the elusive Elisabet and the lamb. Readers can also travel in time back to the stable. The inventive story within a story concludes with a twist as all of the puzzle pieces come together. Families can read the engaging 24-chapter story one day at a time during December. Splendid bookmaking and full-color paintings decorate a volume that just might be destined for status as a holiday classic. To Bethlehem! Honor Book, 1996 CCBC Batchelder Award Discussion CCBC categories: Seasons and Celebrations; Fiction for Children.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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