Winterfrost (Hardcover)

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Winterfrost is a charming and cozy holiday read featuring 12 year-old, Bettina, searching for her baby sister who has been snatched away by a mischievous nisse. Bettina’s travels to the miniature world of the wee folk combined with the Christmas season setting in Denmark make this a delightful, read-by-the fire winter adventure.

— From Sarah recommends


An ordinary Danish Christmas turns extraordinary when a family overlooks an important folkloric tradition.

Christmas has come, and with it a sparkling white winterfrost over the countryside. But twelve-year-old Bettina's parents have been called away unexpectedly, leaving her in charge of the house, the farm, and baby Pia. In all the confusion, Bettina's family neglects to set out the traditional bowl of Christmas rice pudding for the tiny nisse who are rumored to look after the family and their livestock. No one besides her grandfather ever believed the nisse were real, so what harm could there be in forgetting this silly custom? But when baby Pia disappears during a nap, the magic of the nisse makes itself known. To find her sister and set things right, Bettina must venture into the miniature world of these usually helpful, but sometimes mischievous folk. A delightful winter adventure for lovers of the legendary and miraculous.

About the Author

Michelle Houts fell in love with the nisse folk more than twenty years ago while living in Denmark, where she became fascinated with their tales of mischief and fun. Her Danish friends continue to share nisse stories and an occasional sighting. Michelle Houts lives in west central Ohio.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780763665654
ISBN-10: 0763665657
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication Date: September 9th, 2014
Pages: 259
Language: English

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