October 10, 2011

A Christmas Secret by Candace Hall

A Christmas Secret is a children's reader for ages 4 - 8.

On the big day, Christmas Eve, the reindeer's find a lost kitten named O'Malley.  After they rescue him, they bring him back to the North Pole where everyone finds themselves wanting to help O'Malley, including Broome, the Head Elf and Wilma, a little mouse.

Everyone agrees to keep O'Malley a secret, as only those who are born at the North Pole are allowed to live there and everyone has come to love O'Malley.

One night, after O'Malley overhears Broome talking, he decides to leave the North Pole.  Shivering, cold and lonely, O'Malley realizes that he has no home and curls up in the snow to cry.  However, miracles always seem to occur at the North Pole and O'Malley is about to realize that home is where your heart is.

I thought this was an adorable story about O'Malley the Cat.  I loved the attention that this lost kitten was given by those around him.  I wasn't impressed with keeping secrets, nor implying that anyone should keep such.  I don't think secret keeping/sharing is an aspect we should be teaching children even if the outcome of the book seems to work out for everyone involved.

I loved the characters of O'Malley and Broome and the reindeers were just as endearing.  To read your favourite reindeer names, such as Rudolph, children cannot help but giggle and appreciate the story being shared.

I would give this a four out of five stars.  I thought the illustrations were not as spectacular as they could have been.  The black and white sketches were not badly drawn, I just expected them to be in colour, I mean, when your writing a story about Christmas, especially one that is set in the North Pole, one would expect lots of colour and interesting sights to view.  I asked the children what they thought and each of them agreed that coloured pictures would have been great to include.

Candace Hall Books

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