How to Trick a Christmas Elf by Sue Fliess


Back of Book:
Legend has it that the only way to find out if you’re on Santa’s naughty or nice list is to trick an elf into letting you sneak a peek! But be careful: elves are tricky themselves! To get a look at the list, you’ll need to be clever in crafting a distracting craft to catch the elf’s attention. So, grab some Christmas supplies like ribbons, twinkle lights, bows, and candy canes, and get prepared for your sly holiday visitor!
 On the nights leading up to Christmas, one of Santa’s elves will show up to keep watch on kids and to report on their naughty or nice behavior! However, if you’re careful and clever and quick, you can set up a beautiful little sleigh that will distract your elf, and then you’ll be sure to get a glimpse at Santa’s list!
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Sky Pony Press Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
I was thrilled to see that Sue created a Christmas version of her Magical Creatures and Crafts Series. My students loved the Easter bunny story and I cannot wait to share this new addition with them.
How to Trick A Christmas Elf follows a group of children as they attempt to change the elves mind, and make it on the nice list.
The children come up with a plan to create a Christmas sleigh for the elf and hope that he will love it. The end of the story is sweet and holds a sweet message for readers about the joys of giving. The rhyming scheme is  
The illustrations by Simona Sanfilippo are playful and bright. They allow readers to feel like they are a part of the holiday season.
As a teacher, I have always appreciated that Sue ties in STEM concepts to her stories.   The text gives readers a detailed step by step instruction on how to create the perfect sleigh. 
The back of the book has more instructions on how to build a miniature sleigh. As well as more information about the history of  Santas Elves.
This is a terrific addition to any holiday lesson that requires a STEM component.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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