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The Christmas Rose

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Fritz and Gretl's father is very ill and can only be cured by a magical Christmas rose from the Winter King. With the help of some forest animals and a snow giant, Fritz and Getl bravely make the difficult journey to the Winter King's fortress. There they learn that they must get the blessing of the Christ child, a Christmas angel, in order for the rose to bloom and cure t ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Charlesbridge Publishing (first published 1920)
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Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing


This wonderful book begins on December 6th, Saint Nicholas Day, and continues through to Christmas Eve. Created in 1920 as an advent calendar, the pictures by Else Wenz-Vietor bring back the simpler days of wide-eyed child adventures. There are polar bears, a snow giant, and the goose who flies the children to see the Winter King. The Winter King! He was Father Christmas when I was a child.

Saint Nicholas Day is the big winter holiday in my family, where we place
Nov 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a kids holiday book
This story was originally published circa 1920 as a sort of advent calandar. It got lost over time, but was rediscovered in an antiquarian bookshop in Switzerland in 2006, along with the original illustrations by Germany's famous Else Wenz-Vietor. Based on German Christmas traditions, it's a very sweet tale about two woodman's children who want nothing for Christmas but for their ailing father to be well again. Saint Nicholas (who visits homes Dec. 6 in Germany) tells them that the scent of the ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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beautiful christmas themed book, similar to an advent calendar, with an event for each day leading up to december 24th. the story behind the story is wonderful too!
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christmas Book Lovers
This is a beautiful and rare book to read. The story itself dates back to 1920 when it was originally released but due to events in history, the story has changed along with some pictures. It was great to read that in 2006, it was found again and reprinted for a whole new generation to read and enjoy. It was written as an advent calender for each day until the eve of Christmas.

The story follows the lives of a son and daughter on a journey to find a flower that will cure their father of a terribl
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another treasure found at Goodwill for .68¢, this fairy tale embodies the spirit of Christmas as two children undertake a dangerous journey to find a cure for their father’s illness. Originally published in the 1920’s, it was republished in Germany in 2006 and translated into English in this 2008 publication. I love the illustrations and the way the book is organized with each day of the children’s adventure leading up to Christmas from December 6 to 24.
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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This is an Advent book that Ben really loved last year. He was interested in the adventure and the animals and couldn't wait to hear what happened the next night. We were really encouraged by his interest and his ability to understand the ideas without getting too scared.
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked this book. Interesting story, though very similar to many fairy tales and quest stories. This one, however, was designed as an Advent calendar. I like the illustrations - nice ambience, if one can say that about illustrations.
Meredith Henning
This is such a beautiful book, I'm so glad it's back in print! You will want to travel to the Winter King with Fritz and Gretl, so good!!
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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A lovely old German story, out of print then recently rediscovered and reprinted. Meant to be read one page per day from the feast of st Nicholas to Christmas Eve.
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