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a child.
a wish.
a journey.

the christmas wish

LORI EVERT is a prop, set, and
wardrobe stylist who loves books, nature,
and being Anja’s mother. She was so
inspired by the beauty and magic of
an image of Anja with a reindeer that
she began spinning a narrative about
who they might be and why they were
together. Thus began the four-year
family project that is The Christmas Wish.

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be brave.
be kind.
Believe.

Award-winning photographer
PER BREIEHAGEN grew up in the
small mountain town of Ål,Norway.
Per spent his childhood exploring the
dramatic landscapes near his home,
and his appreciation for the wilderness
is evident in his work. Assignments
for clients like National Geographic,
The New York Times Magazine, and Audubon
have brought Per to some of the most
remote snow-and-ice-covered regions
in the world, including Antarctica,
Greenland, and the North Pole. Anja’s
love of the outdoors and winter is a
great inspiration for Per.

This is the story of Anja, both
brave and kind, who sets out
on an adventure to make her
dream of helping Santa Claus
come true.
Who will help her?
All the animals she meets,
from a bright cardinal to
a strong horse to a gentle
polar bear.
Husband-and-wife team
Lori Evert and Per Breiehagen
have created a classic Nordic
story illustrated with breathtaking photos (starring their
daughter, Anja) that will have
readers of all ages believing.

ANJA (on-ya) really is kind, adventuresome, and a fabulous skier. She loves
reading, horseback riding, and playing
with her friends and her big dog, Moby.

Jacket photographs copyright © 2013 by Per Breiehagen

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Story by Lor i Ev ert
Photogr a phs by Per Br eieh agen

W

hen they came to a mountainside, Anja flew so fast
over the sparkling powder that the bird could barely keep
up with her!
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hey reached their destination
early. Anja had no idea how the
bear could tell this spot from
any other, but he told her they
would be meeting a friend at this
exact place.
“Since we have the time, let’s
take another rest,” he said.
Anja curled up into the bear’s
softness and slept without a dream.

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nja was thrilled to give the command: “Fly!”
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