AWARD WINNING ELF: The Elf on the shelf is one of the biggest holiday hits. It won the Best Toy Award by Learning Express, Book of the Year Award from. The Elf on the Shelf, a Christmas Tradition [Carol V. / Bell, Chanda A. Aebersold] Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the month in fiction, nonfiction. The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is a children's picture book, written by Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell, and illustrated by Coë .

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Elf on the Shelf - a Christmas Tradition book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. How does Santa really know who is naughty. Hit holiday book fun for kids but requires parent action. Read Common Sense Media's The Elf on the Shelf review, age rating, and parents guide. The popular Christmas tradition involves a storybook and accompanying pixie elf figure. According to the book, the elf is a “scout elf” who sits.

The Elf on the Shelf's premise is simple. Every night mom or dad hides the elf in a new place. Your children wake up each morning and search the house to see where the elf has reappeared. Every night, the elf flies to the North Pole to tell Santa Claus whether your children have been naughty or nice. It's a cute way to keep the spirit of Santa alive.

The golden rule to follow is that the kids can't touch the elf. The night before Christmas, the elf flies off one last time until next year. At the end of your storybook, which fully explains how parents and kids are supposed to enjoy their elf, there's a full-page certificate that you can customize with your family's name, date and the elf's name to commemorate when you begin your Elf on the Shelf tradition.

After you name your elf, visit the Elf on the Shelf website to register your elf. Your child will then receive a special message from Santa.

The Elf on the Shelf isn't for everyone. Your kids may be too old or you may not like the idea of an elf who spies on your children and runs to Santa to tell of their behavior. In our house, we don't use the elf as a way to get our kids to behave before Christmas.

The elf is part of a fun game we play together.

Our oldest is five and our elf tradition began when he was four. Every morning he searches for his elf. He thinks of finding the elf as a game and checks on him several times throughout the day to make sure the elf is still there. We are proud to be Jewish, but we know how to make and take a joke, something Jews have a long history of doing. The Mensch is a great way to have fun in the dugout while reminding us of why we're here and who we're representing.

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The Elf has received some criticism from cultural reviewers. The Atlantic columnist Kate Tuttle calls it "a marketing juggernaut dressed up as a tradition" whose purpose is "to spy on kids" and that one shouldn't "bully your child into thinking that good behavior equals gifts. David Kyle Johnston calls it a "dangerous parental crutch", with much the same reasoning as what he terms the " Santa lie ". The rule of play is that kids get to interact with a doll or video game or what have you, but not so with the Elf on the Shelf: The rule is that you don't touch the elf.


Think about the message that sends. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Elf on the Shelf.

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It will be even more fun next year when he can return the morning after Thanksgiving! Tried to use the websi You know, the book itself didn't really knock my socks off to me it reads more like the rules to a game written in a fun way , but it's such a great, fun idea that I had to give it 5 stars. Tried to use the website that's set up to use with the book, but either our computer was having a hard time that day, or the site was.

It looked like a fun site, though. We'll try again next year. Nov 04, Jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: Love this idea. When children awake, the elf has returned from the North Pole and can be found Elf on the Shelf By Carol V Aebersold Santa has a spy and he's making children all over the world behave.

Great Incentive to make children behave between now and Christmas. Jan 05, Kaylin rated it did not like it Shelves: I found this book creepy. A elf who stalks you where ever you go does sound creepy..

Doesn't it? That is not a way to teach a way for your kids to behave themselves. I didn't really like this book but if your in the fantasy genre maybe you might like this book. Dec 23, Lionel rated it it was amazing. Running out of places to hide this Elf: Apr 27, Eli Connors rated it it was amazing Shelves: An adorable guide book to a much loved tradition!

My folks raised me on things like this and I'm hoping my kids will pass it down, too. Every year on December 1st our family opens a new Christmas book to add to our collection. This year it was Elf on the Shelf One child thought the elf was extremely creepy and didn't want it sitting around the house, another child spent the evening examining the little elf doll and wondering how it could fly and what would happen if it got wet and what if a bird ate it, and the last child was indifferent about the whole thing.

The actual writing i Every year on December 1st our family opens a new Christmas book to add to our collection. The actual writing is not very remarkable and I didn't care for the illustrations at all. The concept is cute and would probably work best for young children. Not sure what all the big hype is about Feb 13, Jessica rated it it was amazing.

My boyfriend got this book for us. I had never seen it before. I'd seen one of the little toys, but only in an episode of The League and didn't know this was an actual thing or that there was a book that went with the toy. I may be a sentimental fool, but we read the book and I cried.

And for the next several days our elf mysteriously moved around our apartment. Dec 08, Kristen rated it liked it Shelves: I changed the rules and decided its just all about finding the elf in the morning. My son loves the book and the game, and no one really thinks of it any differently.

The older kids like to play along and help hide it.

The book alone is easy to read for children 6 and up. Sep 29, Carol rated it it was ok. I'm not sure I would read this book a second time. Sep 21, Loraine rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is great for helping monitor children's behavior during the Christmas holidays. We use this for our grandson, but also make sure he understands that Jesus' is the real reason for Christmas.

The Elf on the Shelf®: A Christmas Tradition

Dec 28, Bonnie Cook rated it liked it. Dec 12, Ben Truong rated it really liked it Shelves: The Elf on the Shelf: It is a book depicting just how Santa Claus knows which child have been good or naughty.

The text is simplistic, straightforward, and rather poetic. It is an interesting narrative on how Santa Claus knows if a child has been good or naughty, because he has numerous elves in every home observing the child — an elf on the shelf — literally and The Elf on the Shelf: It is an interesting narrative on how Santa Claus knows if a child has been good or naughty, because he has numerous elves in every home observing the child — an elf on the shelf — literally and fortunately with an actual elf come with the book.

Steinwart's illustrations are drawn rather well and brought out the spirit of the narrative and season rather well. The premise of the book is rather straightforward.

All in all, The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is a wonderfully Christmas picture book, albeit a tad creepy, but wonderfully written regardless. The searching for the elf every morning seems to be a joy to my nieces. Nov 22, Kristen Dutkiewicz rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have done the elf on the shelf every year with Kindergarten since it was first released and we ALL love it.

I love the magic, the story, and the smiles this book brings about every year to my classroom. Telling the secrets of how Santa knows when boys and girls are naughty and nice, this is a true Christmas classic. Dec 13, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: A companion book to the actually Elf figurine, this book explains the Elf to children in a cute rhyming way with watercolor-like illustrations. My son loves to read this, especially around Christmas and to point out where the Elf is in each of the pictures.

A cute story that is a perfect companion to the figure! Mar 23, ConnieLettow rated it liked it. The classic tale of the Elf on the Shelf, that so many people and their children follow each Christmas. We read the book so we know not to spoil any lies other parents are telling their kids about the elves. Elf on the Shelf 13 64 Dec 09, Readers also enjoyed.

Elf on the Shelf - a Christmas Tradition

About Carol V. Carol V. Books by Carol V. Trivia About Elf on the Shelf No trivia or quizzes yet. Welcome back.We teach our kids that lying is bad, and it's bad enough to lie to them about Santa Claus, to add this elf to the mix just jacks it up further.

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