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Though we're only just entering the Halloween season, the minds of children and adults alike are already beginning to turn to Christmas. The values the holidays bring—hope, kindness, the spirit of giving—are never out of season and are applicable to people of all ages, faiths and walks of life.
In a magical land on top of the world, an epic struggle between light and darkness was waged between two brothers. King Kringle ruled with a harsh hand over the Elves of the North Pole, allowing no laughter, no play and no Christmas celebration. There was only one truly kindhearted soul who could make a difference and change the course of the world. Would the Elves be able to find Santa and bring laughter and joy to the land? Manusol the Elf knows the answer, for it is written in The Book of Kringle.
With stunningly crafted illustrations, a classically designed hardback cover and lyrical text that takes children straight into the glittering crystal mountains of the North Pole, The Book of Kringle is a must-have for young children everywhere this holiday season. Now parents and children alike can become even further immersed in the magic, thanks to an accompanying Color-In Christmas coloring book.
Q and A with the Author:
1. When did you first begin writing?
I was 16 when I first began writing. I began with rhythms and thought I was writing poetry.
2. What inspired you to write your book?
My three daughters, of course, but the story started in my head when I wrote a poem at the age of 16.
3. What is the easiest part about writing for you?
I only write after the idea is formed, so writing is more like reporting the events in my head and that feels relieving.
4. What is your biggest challenge when it comes to writing?
Finishing it! It never feels done.
5. What advice do you have for budding authors?
A writer writes. Whether it’s not very good, painful to get out, or frustrating, a writer writes.
Check out the Book Trailer to see what is so special about this book:
This book is lovingly illustrated, and I adore how Derek has taken the Kringle story to a new level, by adding in how kindness is the key to the holiday season and how when we give of ourselves and thoughtful meaning presents, we are actually putting out kindness into the world, and how that always comes back to us. It is a Christian aspect of the holiday that we have always stressed to Miss Grace, yet it is handled in a secular way.
The other Christian aspect that also comes in play are how each of us is special in our own way, that we each have a gift that is unique to us and how having faith in the unknown is very special indeed. In the story of Manusol and Kringle, this all is shown in a way that kids can really understand! Which makes it even more special indeed!
Be sure to check out the book's Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and Goodreads pages, for more fun pictures and activities, relating to the book!
And speaking of related items, there is also a matching coloring book:
This fun book has activities, like mazes and matching games:
as well as fun coloring pages, that match the Book of Kringle, allowing kids to add their own special touch to the wonderful illustrations!
By getting kids both books, you have a lovely Christmas gift that will be a treasured family book, to read year after year! We highly recommend both!
About the Author:
Derek Velez Partridge was first inspired to pen The Book of Kringle - Legend of the North Pole at sixteen-years-old when he wrote a poem titled “Old Man Joe.” Partridge has been a professional artist for many years, getting his start as a clay potter while living with Pablo Indians in New Mexico. He has made two feature films and is currently in preproduction of a new film called The Devil That Is, story by Edwin Torres, the New York Supreme Court Judge known for Carltio’s Way. Partridge is the father of three daughters aged 11, 14 and 16, to whom he dedicates The Book of Kringle.
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