The Christmas Wish is a fairy tale set in 18th-century Norway. Stunning photographs illustrate this story of a little girl who wishes to become one of Santa's Elves. She skis out alone, and with the help of a succession of friendly animals, finds Santa Claus and the true meaning of Christmas.
Inspired by his native Norway and his snow loving daughter, Anja, award winning photographer Per Breiehagen created a series of striking images of Anja dressed in traditional Norwegian clothing and Sami reindeer shoes. The photos show Anja interacting with reindeer and other Arctic animals. The response to these images on Per’s website was beyond expectations. People from all corners of the world wanted to see more.
Lori Evert, Anja’s mother, was so inspired by the beauty and magic of the image of Anja and the reindeer that she wrote a narrative about who they might be and why they were there. The family then created more pictures to illustrate the story.
The Christmas Wish, which began as a family Christmas card, has evolved into a beautifully crafted book for children and adults alike.
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Praise and Reviews
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2013:"A captivating Christmas story with a magic all its own.”
Kirkus Reviews★ 2013-09-01
Make a wish--for a truly magical Christmas story with supersized photographs of a darling little girl napping with a polar bear, meeting a reindeer and flying across the snowy sky in Santa's sleigh. The little girl, Anja, lives somewhere "so far north that the mothers never pack away the wool hats or mittens." That snowy land is presumably Norway, where the book's photographer and author live with their real-life daughter, Anja, the charming model dressed in traditional Scandinavian clothing for the striking photographs that illustrate the story. The fictional Anja dreams of becoming one of Santa's elves, and one snowy day in December, she sets off on her skis to find Santa Claus. She is helped by talking animals, including a reindeer who leads her to Santa in his sleigh. Santa allows Anja to drive the sleigh and delivers her back to her snow-covered home with a gift of a magical bell. The photographs use lovely backgrounds of snowy trees, sparkling icicles and the northern lights to create an enchanted atmosphere echoed by the text, which unfolds in fairy-tale cadences. A captivating Christmas story with a magic all its own