The Magic Sleigh Bell is a delightful
Christmas novella which tells the story a young brother and sister who find a
tiny bell while raking the leaves. The 7-year-old sister believes the bell must
have fallen from Santa's sleigh and rolled down their roof. Her 10-year-old
brother, however, is at that age when he's not sure if he still believes. The
discovery marks the beginning of their efforts to get their struggling family
into the Christmas spirit.
The story unfolds as the children find out who is
right and who is wrong and where the bell really came from. Young readers,
especially, delight in the aspect of the story which features Santa Claus and
the elves. But it's not just a children's book, as it also deals with the
brother and sister's family and community and their Christmas traditions. It's
an old-fashioned celebration which adults (parents and grandparents) find they
can enjoy from a different perspective than their children.
The Magic Sleigh Bell is a fun, family
oriented story with a touch of suspense and a very happy ending which joyfully
reinforces a belief in Santa Claus. Easily read in under two hours by an adult,
it makes a nice "sit by the fireplace and get into the Christmas spirit" kind
of book. It is also divided into four chapters, and each of these is again
divided into smaller, "snowflake" sections. If it is being shared with or read
by youngsters, it can be easily enjoyed by reading a section or two at bedtime
in the days leading up to Christmas.
The Magic Sleigh Bell is for Christmas
enthusiasts from 6 to 106 years old. It makes a wonderful addition to any
collection of Christmas books. Its simple homage to established secular
Christmas folklore has a timeless quality which will make it a holiday
tradition for years to come.
Now a Best Seller, The Magic Sleigh Bell,
by W. Peter Elliott, has achieved unique status in the Canadian publishing
industry. This is even more remarkable considering it is a self-published,
seasonal title by an unknown, first-time author. With mostly limited regional
exposure, the amazing success of The Magic Sleigh Bell is a direct
result of the enthusiastic response from children, parents, grandparents,
educators and retailers.