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The Christmas Mystery Paperback – Illustrated, 9 Nov 1998
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When Joachim opens the first window on his advent calendar, his excitement mounts as the countdown to Christmas Day begins. But soon he notices that strange things are happening behind the little windows, and everyday something mysterious and new appears. Meanwhile Elisabeth and the angel Ephiriel are on their own very special journey, and it is only when the last window on Joachim's calendar is opened that the true magic and wonder of Christmas is revealed.
Josten Gaarder, author of the international bestseller Sophie's World, has taken the story of Christmas and given it an alluring, mystical, modern twist that transports readers back to the Bethlehem of baby Jesus without ever losing sight of the wonder of it all. With illustrations by Rosemary Wells, The Christmas Mystery is lifted into the realms of the classics by the richness and poetry of Gaarder's language, making it so much more than just another book for Christmas. --Susan Harrison
...an atmospheric Christmas tale for the whole family. -- Yoga & Health, December 1, 2003See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
This year I did just that - for myself, and the feelings, of warmth and excitement generated made the darker days of winter a little lighter. Like the little boy in the story, I wanted to know the ending, and like the boy, I didn't want it to end.
Each 'chapter' is given a date, starting on the first day of December. There are 24 chapters, and, as it opens - like a flower, or like detective story - new ideas, new questions and new meanings are given to what has almost become a cliché, the Christmas Story and the power generated by it.
You cross Europe, you cross history. You are involved in serious questions - that of refugees, and of lost children, and of power - issues presented in a way a child can start to make sense of if presented in this simple, but not naïve, way.
I am not, by the way, a Christian: Nor am I a child. But I really enjoyed this book.
Set in Norway, Joachim goes to a book store with his father and comes away with an old advent calender, behind each door he doesn't find chocolate but a neatly folded piece of paper with fragments of a story on. Day by day he pieces together the tale and discovers more about the magic of Christmas as he goes.
This book does follow the story of the birth of Christ on Christmas day. A young girl Elisabet, travels back through time meeting angels, shepherds and wise men along the way, learning the true meaning of love, hope, faith and friendship, all coming together to celebrate the real reason of Christmas. The mystery of what happens to the odd group and in particular Elisabet keeps you hooked and Joachim's eagerness to discover more also pulls you in.
This book withstands it's years and still captivates the true magic of Christmas. Well worth a read.
With a chapter for every day between the 1st and 24th of December it's a perfect alternative to an Advent calendar.
Essentially it's the Christmas story but at the same time it's an adventure, a history lesson, a story about family and love and a mystery about a missing girl.
If you took all the magic of Christmas, rolled it in ink and smeared it across paper, this book is how it would look.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If the excitement of Christmas abandoned you long ago when you were a young child then reading this book will inject a little of this excitement again. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ms M Garcia
We have been reading this book to children and grandchildren for 25 years, each December. A glorious start to the festive season, ourchased this copy to spread it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by john lloyd
Recommended to me as a good book to read with my 8 year old - whole family loved it! We're going to start a new family tradition each December reading a chapter a day up until... Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Wright
Both my wife and step daughter love this book. I have not yet read it but will no doubt do so once the ladies have finished with it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stephen
The story follows a young boy as he opens an advent calendar and discovers the deightful tale of a missing young girl and a journey back through time to the birth of Jesus. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Miss Britnell
One day Elisabet, while Christmas shopping with her mother, vanishes into thin air. Accompanied by angels, shepherds, kings and even a Roman governor, she is rushing back through... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr. D. P. Jay
Very satisfied customer, thank you. Great book so far but only on Dec. 6th!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer