Tillie's Magical Christmas Ride, by Lupe Almaguer Cruz, is a fun, magical children's story that I believe would be best read as a bedtime story. Stories that include magic and adventure are often kid's favorites. The pictures are bright and cheerful, but I was surprised at the amount of text on each page. Young children could not read this book unassisted. Hence I think an adult reading this story, with just the right amount of inflection, would fascinate a youngster. I would suggest reading this one over a few nights and maybe even starting with a picture read. Tillie is a great character. Children will want to be her so they can have as much fun as she has riding through the night. I was glad the meaning of Christmas became part of the overall story. A good story to add to your Christmas collection.
It’s the night before Christmas and, as Tillie sits by the window, she can’t help but think about what a wonderful Christmas she’ll have this year. Little does she know that her night—and her life—are about to be changed forever. As Tillie stares dreamily through her window, a sudden flash of light catches her attention and she realizes the light was caused by a bird streaking through the sky. Coming to her, Tillie discovers she can talk with the bird. In a rush to get closer to the bird, Tillie goes outside clutching her letter to Santa. Before she knows it, the bird snatches her letter and flies away. It isn’t long before the bird returns, however. And, when he does, he brings friends.
In the middle of the night, long after Tillie has fallen asleep, the stars descend toward Tillie’s house. As they get closer, the stars become glittering angels, and beyond them is someone very special to Tillie. Behind the angels is Santa, and he needs her help.
Tillie’s Magical Christmas Ride is an enchanted tale about one girl’s magical Christmas Eve as Santa’s Little Helper. Infused with both the magic of myth and the glory of Jesus’s birth, Tillie’s adventure inspires not only children’s, but, also, adults’ sense of adventure and reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas.
Age: 5-9 year olds