The Twelve Elves of Christmas~An Advent Storybook
[By L.R.Knost, best-selling author of The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline, Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood and Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages available on Amazon and through other major retailers.]
“If you love all of the Elf on a Shelf ideas floating around the internet, but don’t like the idea of using Santa as a threatening figure who sends elves to spy on children and report back to him, then this new children’s book that will be released next year is for you! With a lyrical cadence and engaging rhymes, The Twelve Elves of Christmas shares the real meaning of Christmas while capturing the fun of playing hide-n-seek with a dozen visiting elves as they help you and your children count down to Christmas with shared acts of kindness, giving, and love. A new Christmas classic, for sure!”
The Parenting Review
Here’s a small excerpt (don’t want to give it all away!) and some of the very early concept art from The Twelve Elves of Christmas which will be released next year. Based on the concept that kindness begets kindness and giving spirits come from hearts that are overflowing with love, the book will include hundreds of creative ideas for using your elves to share the true meaning of Christmas with your children in fun and unexpected ways. Enjoy the sneak preview!
***The Twelve Elves of Christmas***
It’s Christmastime! It’s on the way!
It’s time for elves to come and play!
Jingle, Merry, and Snowflake, too
Are bringing friends to share with you
Holly, Jolly, Kringle, and Yule
Twinkle, Happy, and Noel, too
And last but not least are Carol and Frost
Mapping their route so they won’t get lost!
Each will visit, just one a day
Coming to help in some small way
With acts of kindness they will share
Joys of giving from hearts that care
Look for happy, small elf faces
Hiding in all kinds of places
Find them in boxes and on shelves
Look high and low for your friend elves
They’ll make your bed and feed the cat
They’ll clean the spot where your toys sat
They’ll bring small gifts, surprises, too
They’ll write kind notes like, “I like you!”
And when you find your friendly elves
Then you can become elves yourselves!
Go give your elves to someone new
Share some help and a smile or two
These friendly elves come every year
Bringing loads of Christmas cheer
To fill our hearts with love each day
So we have more to give away!
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L.R.Knost is a best-selling parenting and children’s book author and founder and director of Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources, an online resource for gentle parenting education, articles, and research. Books by L.R.Knost include Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood ; Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages ; The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline ; and Jesus, the Gentle Parent: Gentle Christian Parenting (Release date: May 2014) the first four books in the Little Hearts Handbook gentle parenting series, as well as her children’s picture books Petey’s Listening Ears and the soon-to-be-released Grumpykins series available from Amazon and other major retailers.