Can a little red sleigh attain her dreams? This is an adorable book that will make you smile at the end, and hopefully have a child say “Again, read it again!”. Friendship, dreams, and help along the way, Little Red Sleigh a delightful holiday tale. I am so happy to tell you all about it!
The Details of Little Red Sleigh
Together with Sourcebooks, Erin Guendelsberger has produced a lovely, sweet book filled with the holiday spirit. Little Red Sleigh is wonderfully illustrated by Elizaveta Tretyakova. This is a very sweet book which I adored. A young sled with big dreams who went out after them, not letting naysayers stop her. I loved watching the grit she showed.
Amazon links will be used in this review. I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing Little Red Sleigh for Raincoast Books.
Little Red Sleigh, cover information
Believe in the magic of Christmas with this heartwarming Christmas picture book about the little red sleigh that could, perfect for fans of The Polar Express!
The Little Red Sleigh has one big dream-to one day become Santa’s big red sleigh! But all her life, she’s been told she’s too small, she’s too young, she can’t fly, and she certainly can’t meet Santa. Well, this Christmas, with the help of some friends, she’s determined to do the impossible.
Artist Elizaveta Tretyakova
Tretyakova has done a tremendous job of illustrating this heart-warming story. You’ll see brilliant red, bright snow, dark trains, and a lovely yellow truck. Seeing the fierceness of a winter storm and rejoicing in the fun of children playing.
Don’t you love the brightness of the colours?
The story moves along well, not only through text, but also through the well-done images. Her story simply flows through image and text from one page to the next. Well-written with great characters.
I found the text a bit small for reading with a group of children (unless you prep well ahead of time). The words flow easily as you read, whether aloud or silently. It would be so much fun to read this with a child in your lap.
The story lends itself well to reading comprehension questions. What do you think might happen next? What did Little Red Sleigh see on her journey? Did black train tell her anything important? Did yellow truck tell her to give up? I love books that help me to ask good questions of children.
This particular book I received a ARC copy of, it will come as a hardcover and is geared to children 4-8 years of age. Erin Guendelsberger engages her readers well throughout the story.
Should you Get it?
Little Red Sleigh is an adorable book. You and your children will love the determination of this young sleigh. She knows what she wants and won’t let anyone tell her no… including the weather! You’ll have to read through to see if she meets her goal, or if it changes along the way. I would love to tell you, but I don’t do spoilers, you’ll want to sit back and just enjoy this heart-warming story.