Wednesday, December 14, 2016

NORTH POLE NINJAS - Mission: Christmas! by Tyler Knott Gregson & Sarah Lindon / Book Review #NorthPoleNinjas

*Gift set is pictured: the book, North Pole Ninja and random acts of kindness cards

By: Tyler Knott Gregson & Sarah Lindon 
Illustrated by: Piper Thibodeau
Published by: Penguin
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Ages: All
Rating: 5 Owlets - This Is A Must Have!
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A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review

East meets North in North Pole Ninjas, a yuletide call-to-arms to save the spirit of Christmas.

You may not know that Santa has a team of special elves, selected for their ability to help carry out top-secret missions that are all about helping, giving, caring, and listening. Anyone who receives this box is called upon to help carry out those top secret missions with a bit of stealth and an open heart. The gorgeously illustrated picture book retells the ancient legend the North Pole Ninjas use for new recruits. After reading the book, readers are given their own Ninja missions to carry out: 50 special tasks packed in a special envelope. Complete with a plush and huggable “sensei” to guide Ninjas on their journey, this is the perfect antidote to worrying about whether you’ve been naughty or nice.

Who needs an Elf on the Shelf when you could have a Christmas Ninja helping you spread Christmas cheer by doing good deeds, and random acts of kindness for others. Not that the Elf on the Shelf is bad. We had one, and now we have a Christmas Ninja who loves to do good deeds with us. 

Everyone knows about the elves who work in Santa's workshop, but did you know there's a secret group of Elves who's sole responsibility is to do secret acts of kindness? They're called the North Pole Ninjas, and these elves spend all of Christmas giving. They LOVE Christmas Day. They use their Christmas spirit to do good deeds for others. They love it when others help them to. That's where the reader of this book comes in. 

The North Pole Ninjas tell the reader of this book everything they need to know to become a member of their secret team. Even Santa knows they're on it. Like a Ninja, you have to try and do some of your acts of kindness in secret, so no one knows. From giving clothes you don't wear and toys you don't play with to charity, to solving a neighbor's snow, to buying food to those in need and the list goes on, and on. 
I absolutely LOVE the message of this book. 

This gift set comes with your own Christmas Ninja, so you can take him with you as you do your good deeds. It also comes with numbered cards, 50 in all, full of ideas of random acts of kindness you can do. You put them in the envelope, and on Christmas you open it up and see all the good things you did for others. The kid friendly random acts of kindness cards are great for kids and families to do together. 

Some of the cards include ideas like: 

* Bring a bag of groceries to your local food bank

* Make and deliver cookies to someone
* Write a letter to someone, telling them exactly why you love them
* Sit and visit with a new friend
* Give your teachers a gift 
* Help a sibling out with their homework 
* Make an award for each member of your family (best smile, best hugger etc) & tell each person you made the award for what they mean to you
* Make 5 wishes for 5 people o the first five stars you see tonight
* Get ready for bed without being told to
* Help your parents make breakfast for the family

What I love about this book, is that it promotes doing random acts of kindness for others. It spreads Christmas cheer and encourage kids to do the same. This book is what the Christmas/Holiday season is all about. Doing nice things for others.  It is our favorite book this Christmas season, and it's one we'll be reading, and participating in for many years to come. It's a great addition to the Christmas Random of Acts of Kindness tradition we already do. I HIGHLY recommend picking up this book!

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~