Monday, December 3, 2012

The Littlest Christmas Elf

Day Three
The Littlest Christmas Elf
by Nancy Buss
Illustrated by Terri Super
copyright 1987

I loved this one! 

Read this book and find out about a merry elf that was being sent to the North Pole to join Santa's workshop. His name was Allister. But, when he arrived he didn't feel special at all. He was the littlest elf. He was so tiny that the head elf couldn't find a job for him.

He was too small to hammer.
He tried to paint a dollhouse, but couldn't reach the roof.
He tried to stuff bears, but that didn't work either. "He's buried beneath them!" said the elf in charge of bears.
He couldn't sweep, the broom was too big for him.

The other elves made fun of him and Allister blinked his eyes quickly so he wouldn't cry.
Allister ran away and hid - down by the woodpile, in back of the reindeer pen. There he found a friend, an old elf named Nicholas. He helped him feed the reindeer.
He was so happy. He fed the reindeer apples, he polished harness bells, he told Nicholas stories and they sang.
But one morning Nicholas was gone. Allister was told he had went to the 'big house.'
Allister couldn't sleep. He was worried about Nicholas and he missed him so much. He decided to go see Nicholas at the big house. The closer he got, the louder his heart beat. The door opened and he dived beneath a pine tree. 
Someone jiggled his foot.
He peeked. . . IT WAS NICHOLAS!
He gave his friend a hug and his friend hoisted him to his shoulders and walked toward the house.
"No, no!" Allister cried."I can't go in there. Put me down!"
He was afraid Santa wouldn't like him because he was little and couldn't do anything right. He thought Santa would send him home.
Nicholas told him that was nonsense and that he had a special job for him.
Well, I figure you've guessed it my now, the old elf was Santa.
Allister got to keep Santa company on his sleigh on Christmas Eve and it was the best Christmas Eve ever!

Did you like my synopsis of The Littlest Christmas Elf? I was never very good at writing a synopsis, I am sure you would like the entire story much better. I love the illustrations, the illustrator did a wonderful job. Maybe you have this in your stash of books. If so, get it out and read it. I bet you will love it too. You do not have to be a child to enjoy picture books.

Remember, if you want to post about one on your blog, let me know and I'll link to you on my post.

Posted by Janet F.  Smart on Creative Writing in the Blackberry Patch.


  1. What a bodacious idea, Janet! Did you know how smart you are? I'm taking your advice on these picture books. I loved your synopsis of The Littlest Christmas Elf. I don't have this one. I'll see if I can snatch a copy from my library. (Our library system is pretty awful) Hopefully they'll have it.


  2. Hi Janet,
    I love Christmas books too. I will post a few pictures of what I have sometime soon.I picked up a few last year. You have a lot of them. Its nice to put them out this time of year.
    Nancy Jo

  3. I don't think we have this one, but it sounds like a great story.

    Speaking of which, I linked you on my blog today. I posted about my Little Golden Book Christmas book collection.


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