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An ordinary Danish Christmas turns extraordinary when a family overlooks an important folkloric tradition.

Christmas has come, and with it a sparkling white winterfrost over the countryside. But twelve-year-old Bettina's parents have been called away unexpectedly, leaving her in charge of the house, the farm, and baby Pia. In all the confusion, Bettina's family neglects to set out the traditional bowl of Christmas rice pudding for the tiny nisse who are rumored to look after the family and their livestock. No one besides her grandfather ever believed the nisse were real, so what harm could there be in forgetting this silly custom? But when baby Pia disappears during a nap, the magic of the nisse makes itself known. To find her sister and set things right, Bettina must venture into the miniature world of these usually helpful, but sometimes mischievous folk. A delightful winter adventure for lovers of the legendary and miraculous.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on September 9, 2014 by Candlewick
ISBN-10: 0763665657
ISBN-13: 9780763665654
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  • raindrop07
    raindrop07Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 7:37 am55 stars
    Winterfrost by Michelle Houts is an adorable, whimsical, creative story about a girl named Bettina Larson living on an island in Denmark. Her and her family have many traditions to keep the little gnome nisse around their farm and in the wood happy and in good care. Every Christmas, the Larsons give the nisse that runs their farm a bowl of rice pudding as a thank you. But this year, Bettina's parents are called away on Christmas night and in the confusion they forget to put out the rice pudding. And so, when Bettina is left with her baby sister, Pia, she must face the tricks that the nisse do in annoyance that he didn't get his Christmas snack. Everything becomes worse when Pia dissapears and Bettina must journey into the forest to find her babay sister and save her farm...all before her parents arrive back from their trip! This is an amazing book and I thoroughly loved reading it!
    • sarlun1617
      sarlun1617Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 5:17 pm
      I like how you explain about what the nisses are and how much detail you put in it.
      • ciaqui1617
        ciaqui1617Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 9:55 am
        Do you know what a nisse is? If you don’t a nisse is a Norwegian mythical creature. It’s a similar a leprechaun. That’s what this book is about. Winterfrost by Michelle Houts it is about a girl named Bettina and her baby sister Pia and the nisse. Bettina and her baby sister Pia were home alone one week because an unexpected event made their parents leave. Bettina was in charge of the house, the barn and Baby Pia. A tradition for their family is on Christmas eve they leave out a bowl of rice pudding in the barn for the tiny nisse to eat. This Christmas the family forgets to put out rice pudding and the nisse feels neglected. The antagonist is the nisse and the protagonist is Bettina and Pia. One morning Bettina wakes up and there was a winterfrost which was very rare in Denmark. Bettina decides to put Pia in her crib to take a nap. As Pia was sleeping Bettina got tired too and slowly fell asleep. When Bettina wakes up she went to check on her and Pia was gone! Bettina got very worried so she went looking for her around the house and she wasn't there. She decides to look outside to see if she was there. As she walked out she saw something red moving super fast. She kept walking and she saw it again and again until she decided to follow it. It led her to a very very small house underneath a tree stump. She opened the door and she saw house full of nisse. I recommend this book to 10-13 year olds because Bettina is around that age.
        • csal1617
          csal1617Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 5:07 pm
          You did good on explaining what happend you wore a lot and put a lot of detail and i put in a lot effort in it and you took your time and did very well.
        • intelligentirma
          intelligentirmaMonday, April 20, 2015 at 8:42 am55 stars
          I love it because it make me remember me of winter and Bettina Larsen even if it means entering the magical world of the nisse