Monday, October 24, 2016

The Book of Kringle - Legend of the North Pole, by Derek Velez Partridge with Mary Packard Book Blog Stop (Review)

Disclosure:   I was provided with a complimentary copy of the book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Looking for a fun way to share the spirit of the season with your family?  When not kick things off with "Book of Kringle?"  Recently, I was sent a copy of this book to share with my girls, and as soon as they saw Santa Claus, AKA Kris Kringle on the cover over the hardcover book, they couldn't wait to sit down next to me so that I could it to them.

It is funny how children, even the youngest in age know important key figures and characters like Mickey Mouse and Santa Claus.  I remember my oldest daughter pointing to Santa and knowing who it was when she was 2, even before we started to really get into the holidays with her. But, thanks to movies and shows, the jolly old man in red is known by all.  And, this book, will introduce kids and adults to Santa Claus before he was Santa, while also learning about important messages like kindness and generosity and the true meaning of Christmas spirit.

Here is more about the book, written by Derek Velez Partridge with Mary Packard...

About the Book:

"The feeling of goodwill is the soul of the children's illustrated novel The Book of Kringle - Legend of the North Pole, by Derek Velez Partridge with Mary Packard. Praised by Publisher's Weekly for its "rich fantasy landscape," The Book of Kringle explores the origins of Santa Claus as it has never been done before.

In a magical land on top of the world, an epic struggle between light and darkness was waged between two brothers. King Kringle ruled with a harsh hand over the Elves of the North Pole, allowing no laughter, no play and no Christmas celebration. There was only one truly kindhearted soul who could make a difference and change the course of the world. Would the Elves be able to find Santa and bring laughter and joy to the land? Manusol the Elf knows the answer, for it is written in The Book of Kringle.

With stunningly crafted illustrations, a classically designed hardback cover and lyrical text that takes children straight into the glittering crystal mountains of the North Pole, The Book of Kringle is a must-have for young children everywhere this holiday season."

Topics and themes explored in The Book of Kringle include: 
  • The importance of unselfish acts of kindness in everyday life and how what you put out into the world comes back.
  • The magical aspect of Santa and having faith in the spirit of the unknown.
  • Providing a fertile emotional ground where parents can begin a dialogue with their child about their own specialness.
  • That we are all born with a unique and special gift that we are tasked to find in order to better the world around us.

What sets this holiday book apart from others I have shared with the girls, and grew up reading at Christmas time is the illustrations.  You really have to see the book up close to truly appreciate this masterpiece of a book.  Each and every page is visually stunning and will have you lingering long after the text is read, simply to enjoy the details on each page.  My oldest daughter even told me that you don't have to know how to read to enjoy this book as, you can flip through it and create your own holiday story. :-)  

I love when my girls get drawn to a book and can't put it down, or ask me to read it to them time and again, like The Book of Kringle.  The story itself is simple and straightforward, but paired with the breathtaking illustrations and themes shared, makes this one of my favorite holiday books of all times.

My girls also loved how this story was told by an elf.  Bella, my youngest was quick to remind us just how important elves are to Santa and the whole Christmas operation. :-)  And, Bella said it is only fitting that we are introduced to Santa Claus with the help of an elf. :-)

As a parent, I loved how this book was a great segway into talking about good and evil with the girls and why it is so important to be kind. After reading this book, we also talked about the importance of our own unique gifts and how each one of us are special, just the elves in the story.  Each elf was born with special talent, which they couldn't use. They had to earn the right to use their unique talents.  That is how strict King Kringle was.  But, as you read the story you will see how they used bells, made toys and became what they are known today as Santa's elves.

There are so many great things that make this book one of a kind and a special holiday book that you'll want to share with you family this year and years to come.  In addition to the breathtaking storybook, parents can also pick up the accompanying Color-In Christmas coloring book, to further immerse themselves in the magic of the season.  

My girls were excited to see the coloring book, and have been busy coloring the pictures and hanging them all over the house, to get our house ready for the season. And, as we count down...only 61 more days until Christmas, we will have this wonderful holiday book to pick up and enjoy together.

So, if you are looking to add a new book to your upcoming book advent countdown or just like sharing new holiday tales with your children, then you will want to pick up "The Book of Kringle - Legend of the North Pole," by Derek Velez Partridge.  You will not be disappointed!


About the Author:

Derek Velez Partridge was first inspired to pen The Book of Kringle - Legend of the North Pole at sixteen-years-old when he wrote a poem titled “Old Man Joe.” Partridge has been a professional artist for many years, getting his start as a clay potter while living with Pablo Indians in New Mexico. He has made two feature films and is currently in pre-production of a new film called The Devil That Is, story by Edwin Torres, the New York Supreme Court Judge known for Carltio’s Way. Partridge is the father of three daughters aged 11, 14 and 16, to whom he dedicates The Book of Kringle.

Continue to follow the Book of Kringle blog tour tomorrow at PopWrapped!

Disclosure:   I was provided with a complimentary copy of the book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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