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little

elf

named

6
Iom


is

so

curious

about

Santa’s

trip


that

he

climbs

aboard

Santa’s


sleigh

and

nestles

himself

in


between

the

presents.

Tom


soon

discovers

that

he’s

not


alone—his

little

puppy

came


along,

too.

They’re

having


such

fun

until

Tom

falls

out


of

the

sleigh.

How

will

they


ever

get

home?

With

a

little


generosity,

a

tiny

bit

of

luck,


and

jolly

old

Santa!

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Copyright

©

2012

by

NordSiid

Verlag

AG,

CH-8005

Zurich,

Switzerland.


First

published

in

Switzerland

under

the

title

Finns

wunderbare

Weihnachtsreise.


English

translation

copyright

©

2012

by

North-South

Books

Inc.,

New

York

10016.


All

rights

reserved.


No

part

of

this

book

may

be

reproduced

or

utilized

in

any

form

or

by

any

means,

electronic

or

mechanical,


including

photo-copying,

recording,

or

any

information

storage

and

retrieval

system,

without

permission

in


writing

from

the

publisher.


First

published

in

the

United

States,

Great

Britain,

Canada,

Australia,

and

New

Zealand

in

2012


by

North-South

Books

Inc.,

an

imprint

of

Nord-Siid

Verlag

AG,

CH-8005

Zurich,

Switzerland.


Translated

by

Kristy

Koth


Distributed

in

the

United

States

by

North-South

Books

Inc.,

New

York

10016.


Library

of

Congress

Cataloging-in-Publication

Data

is

available.


Printed

in

Germany

by

Grafisches

Centrum

Cuno

GmbH

&

Co.

KG,

Calbe,

Deutschland,

June

2012.


ISBN:

978-0-7358-4089-8


13579-10

8642


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AND

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anta’s

workshop

was

bustling

with


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activity.

The

Christmas

elves

were


carrying

toys,

wrapping

paper,

bows,


and

cards

this

way

and

that.


m’m


.


sagm
;


I

need

a

sparkling

star!


And

I

need

a

golden

ribbon!”

they

called

out

to

one

another.


All

of

the

presents

had

to

be

wrapped

quickly

so

that

Santa

Claus


could

bring

them

to

the

children

on

time.


Tom,

the

little

elf,

was

excited.

It

was

the

first

time

that

he

would

get


to

help

carry

the

packages

to

the

sleigh.

The

other

elves

had

told

him


countless

stories

about

Santa’s

journey.


“Oh,

how

I’d

love

to

go

with

him,”

thought

Tom.

Soon

the

elves

had

all

of

the

packages

loaded

onto

the

sleigh.


The

oldest

elf

tossed

a

big

wool

blanket

over

the

presents

to

protect

them


from

the

wind

and

the

weather.

Everyone

was

happy.

The

work

was

done,


and

Santa’s

journey

was

about

to

begin.


Tom

climbed

onto

the

sleigh

to

get

a

good

look

before

Santa

took

off.


Suddenly,

he

had

an

idea.

“I

could

fit

in

between

the

presents.

There

must


be

a

little

space

for

me,”

he

thought.


“Ho,

ho,

ho!”

called

Santa.

The

reindeer

snorted

and

shook

their

heavy


antlers.

The

sleigh

began

to

move,

first

slowly,

then

faster

and

faster.


The

elves

waved.

“Have

a

great

trip!”


“Merry

Christmas!”


Tom

hid

under

the

blanket.

His

heart

beat

like

wild.


“I’m

in

the

sleigh!

I’m

with

Santa

on

his

journey!”

he

whispered

to

himself.

The

sleigh

sped

over

the

icy

snow.

Tom

felt

butterflies

in


his

belly

as

the

sleigh

lifted

off

the

ground!


“This

is

so

much

better

than

I

ever

could

have

imagined
,’
1


thought

Tom.


Suddenly,

Tom

felt

something

tickling

the

back

of

his

neck.


Tom

was

startled.


It

was

a

cold

nose.


“What

are

you

doing

here?”

Tom

asked,

stunned.

His

dog,


Tucker,

looked

at

him

with

faithful

puppy

eyes.


“Uh,

you

shouldn’t

even

be

here,”

said

Tom.


“But

then,

neither

should

I.”

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"Please

be

really,

really

quiet
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11

Tom

whispered

to

his

furry


friend.


They

listened

to

the

bright

jingling

of

the

reindeer’s

bells


and

the

voice

of

Santa

Claus,

who

was

cheerfully

singing


Christmas

songs.

The

little

elf

peeked

out

from

under

the

blanket.

How


beautiful

it

was

and

how

high

they

were

above

the

ground!


He

marveled

at

the

stars,

the

snow-capped

mountains,

the


villages,

and

the

frozen

lakes.

Here

and

there

he

could

see

a


light

in

the

distance.

Santa

Claus

pulled

on

the

reins

and

shouted,

“Whoa!”


The

reindeer

slowed

down.


“Where

are

we?”

whispered

Tom.

Curious,

he

leaned

over

the


side

of

the

sleigh

so

far

that—
1
WHOOPS
!

he

fell

head

over

heels


into

the

snow.


With

a

bound,

Tucker

leaped

down

to

his

friend.

Tom

and

Tucker

were

lying

in

the

snow

as

the

sleigh

slowly


disappeared

into

the

night.

It

was

cold

and

dark.


“Are

you

warm

enough,

Tucker?”

Tom

and

Tucker

snuggled


up

close

to

each

other.


“Luckily,

we

have

the

blanket,”

whispered

Tom.

Carefully


he

looked

around.

He

saw

a

house

not

too

far

away.

The


windows

were

all

lit.


“Come

on!”

said

Tom.

“Let’s

go

over

there.”


C

Tom

took

the

blanket,

and

the

two

friends

walked

to

the


house.

Tom

peeked

curiously

through

the

window.

In

the

living


room,

a

family

was

eating

Christmas

dinner:

Father,

Mother,

a


baby,

and

a

little

girl.

There

was

a

Christmas

tree

with

candles


and

tinsel

standing

in

the

corner,

and

a

warm

fire

was

burning

in


the

fireplace.


u
How

beautiful,
1


sighed

Tom.


C

Suddenly,

the

little

girl

spotted

Tom’s

red,

pointed

hat.


“Mommy,

Daddy!

Santa’s

outside!”

she

cried.


“Oh,

no!

She

saw

me.

What

should

I

do

now?”

Tom

cried.


Then

he

remembered

the

presents.

Tucker

wagged

his

tail.


“The

family

has

to

get

a

present,

Tucker!

Of

course!”


Quickly,

Tom

folded

up

the

blanket

and

buckled

his

red

belt


around

it.


“Now

the

blanket

looks

like

a

real

present,”

he

said,

satisfied.


Then

he

took

his

red

hat

from

his

head

and

rolled

it

into

a

ball.


“This

is

for

the

baby,”

he

said,

pleased.


He

quickly

set

the

presents

at

the

front

door.

Tom

and

Tucker


managed

to

hide

just

before

the

door

opened.

“Mommy!

Daddy!

Gome

and

look
!
1
1

Thrilled,

the

little

girl


collected

the

presents

from

the

doorstep.

Tom

and

Tucker

heard


the

family

laugh

and

could

sense

how

pleased

they

were.


C

Slowly

the

two


friends

walked

back

to


the

spot

where

they’d


fallen

into

the

snow.


“What

are

we

going


to

do

now?”

asked


Tom

sadly.

Suddenly,

they

heard

a

deep

voice.


"What

are

you

two

doing

here?”


It

was

Santa

Claus.

He

was

on

his

way

back

home.

Tom

was


scared,

but

he

told

Santa

the

whole

story:

how

he

hid

in

the

sleigh


and

all

about

the

family,

the

blanket,

and

the

red

ball.

Santa

Claus

listened

carefully

to

Tom’s

story.


“Well,

well,”

he

boomed.

Tom

looked

at

him

frightened.

But

then

Santa

smiled

and

patted

Tom

on

the

head.


“You

know

that

you

aren’t

allowed

to

travel

with

me

on

my


journey,

right?

It

is

much

too

dangerous.

You

are

lucky

that

you


weren’t

hurt.”


Tom

nodded.

Then

Santa’s

voice

got

very

gentle.


“But

I’m

pleased

that

you

gave

the

family

the

blanket.

Your


generosity

made

them

very

happy.”


O

Tom

smiled

with

pride,

and

Tucker

wagged

his

tail.


“And

now

come

along.

It’s

time

to

get

back.

The

other

elves

have


prepared

a

tasty

Christmas

dinner

and

are

probably

waiting

for

us!”

Tom

and

Tucker

were

allowed

to

sit

next

to

Santa

Claus.


They

flew

over

woods

and

valleys,

over

rivers

and

frozen

lakes.


And

they

sang

jolly

Christmas

songs

all

the

way

home.

Pirl&o

^)ainio

is

an


award-winning

author-illustrator


and

a

graphic

designer

who

studied


at

the

Academy

of

Art

in

Helsinki,


Finland.

Known

for

her

luminous


watercolors

and

pretty

pastel


illustrations,

she

has

written


and

illustrated

numerous

children’s


books,

including

Little

Bunny

Finds


Christmas,

The

Flightingale,

and


Who

Hid

the

Easter

Eggs?


NorthSouth


Printed

in

Germany

by

Grafisches

Centrum

Cuno


GmbH

&

Co.

KG,

Calbe,

Deutschland,

June

2012


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10

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