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Written by Michelle Houts
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ISBN-10: 0763691011
ISBN-13: 9780763691011
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author: Michelle Houts

Christmas has come, and with it a sparkling white winterfrost. When Bettina’s parents are called away unexpectedly, leaving her in charge of the house, the farm, and baby Pia, Bettina neglects to set out the traditional bowl of Christmas rice pudding for the tiny nisse. 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, 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.

“This folkloric tale is rich with depth and tradition and full of a child’s wonder of the natural world. . . . A timeless story.” — Kirkus Reviews
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0763691011 /  9780763691011
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Middle-grade Novel / Paperback
age range:
8 yrs - 12 yrs
# of pages/size:
272 / 5 1/4" x 7 1/2"
grade range:
Grade 3 - Grade 7
Action & Adventure; Holidays & Celebrations; Fantasy & Magic; Fairy Tales & Folklore; Family;
author’s comments:
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.
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