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Publisher:  Living Waters Publishing Company ISBN-10:  097981541X Type: 
Pages: 

41

Copyright:  Sept 4, 2007 ISBN-13:  9780979815416
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The story of a young polar bear cub's his first Christmas living at the North Pole with his family when they move their to work for Santa Claus. Benny learns that being different is how we all work together and that sometimes miracles come out of the most unlikely situations even what we thought were disasters. (Out of print but some copies remain for sale online or contact me to see if I have any available copies if you wish to have an autographed copy.)

Benjamin P. Blizzard: Welcome to Christmastown still has a few stray copies, new and used, for sale of the 1st print edition on Amazon at www.amazon.com and Barnes and Noble at  www.barnesandnoble.com or www.BN.com.


http://www.amazon.com/Benjamin-P-Blizzard-Welcome-Christmastown/dp/097981541X


http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/benjamin-p-blizzard-karen-nivens/1008779427?ean=9780979815416


or you can purchase an autographed copy from www.authorsden.com's "The Signed Bookstore".


Benjamin P. Blizzard: Welcome to Christmastown


I have a dream to endear Benjamin P. Blizzard: Welcome to Christmastown  into your holiday traditions.  My original publisher's description is: "Come meet Benjamin Blizzard, Benny for short. He is a 5 year old polar bear cub who has a case of the clumsies. He is curious and fun-loving like any 5 year old. Unfortunately for the elves, Benny has a hard time when it comes to dealing with small things. He makes a wonderful mess of the toyshop right before Christmas Eve delivery, but learns a great lesson in the midst of it all... that even our mistakes can be beautiful."


My goal with Benjamin P. Blizzard: Welcome to Christmastown was to create a story of encouragement for kids as well as adults because sometimes we adults forget about the child in us.  I try to show that different is good, beauty can be found everywhere, it just depends on how you look at things, and sometimes great things come out of what we originally viewed as a mess.  I write about a polar bear cub learning what he is good at doing while living at the North Pole. To paraphrase myself, Benny learns that while he does not have the nimble fingers of an elf to make small toys, he is great at filling the toy bags and loading them on Santa’s sleigh.  


I recently came across a quote of Mother Theresa's “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” found at http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/838305.Mother_Teresa.  In my own way, that is one of the messages I am trying to bring to life through Benny. 


The story takes you through a minor toy room disaster on Christmas Eve to special children receiving incredible toys because of this mishap. During the journey an upset polar bear cub comes to understand unconditional love, the greatness of differences and miracles appearing out of the most unlikely situations.


Hopefully you will find Benjamin P. Blizzard: Welcome to Christmastown is fun to read as a family or on your own.  Hopefully you will allow Benny to join your family holiday traditions.  A few 1st prints are available on Amazon.com, new and used, or, if you wish I have a few autographed copies here on authorsden.com under holidays and children.


Best Wishes and Thank You,


Karen L Nivens


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Excerpt
"Benny’s curiosity soon got the best of him, as he was so full of excitement over all the elfin activity. “What was that elf painting off to the left?” he wondered… then, “Oh my, what a beautiful shade of pink for a doll house!” And to his right, “What was that sound?” It was a small but delightful jet black train tooting its whistle, CHOO-CHOO! “What a wonderful sound!” Benny thought, “And what’s that off to ...”

CRASH!!!!!!"


Professional Reviews

http://www.amazon.com/review/R1XF6OLB4SFVVN/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=097981541X&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=283155&store=books
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT STORY FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR! A Christmas classic in the making, November 29, 2007
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT STORY FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR! A Christmas classic in the making, November 29, 2007
By
Betty L. Dravis "BETTY DRAVIS, author/reviewer"
This review is from: Benjamin P. Blizzard: Welcome to Christmastown (Perfect Paperback)
I haven't read a story about the North Pole since POLAR EXPRESS, so it was a delight at this time of year to read this charming story about a lovable, unforgettable bear cub.

The five-year-old cub is Benjamin Polarcap Blizzard, known as Benny by all who love this precocious little character ... and everybody loves him, especially his parents, Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves.

Benny's parents have always dreamed of working with Santa Claus, so when a job opportunity comes along, they move to Christmastown. Benny misses his old friends but soon becomes friends with the Clauses and elves and starts on the most rambunctious adventures of his life.

Benny is big for his age, with huge paws that make him clumsy; though everyone teases him about his clumsiness, they all adore him, and he knows it. Just wait till you read the charming scene where he gets in trouble in the toy shop and how Santa's positive attitude and good nature turn it into a "good" thing.

And what happens when Benny falls asleep in Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve? How does he end up being the Christmas hero? And how does Santa use Rudolph's nose to send a message to Benny's parents?

But that's getting ahead of the story and I certainly don't want to spoil it for you.

All I can say is that I love Benny, and you and your kids will too. Kids will undoubtedly relate to his fun-loving nature, his clumsiness, and his penchant for getting into trouble. After all, that's what ALL the best kids are like, isn't it?

Just ask Santa Claus! He understands kids better than anyone.

Author Karen Nivens has created new, novel characters that will long be remembered by children around the world. And talented artist Jason Grisham has interpreted Nivens's characters with the most cheerful, colorful illustrations imaginable. Simply fantastic!

This book leaves me with one question: After Benny, will Christmastown ever be the same? You be the judge.


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5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT STORY FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR! A Christmas classic in the making, November 29, 2007



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This review is from: Benjamin P. Blizzard: Welcome to Christmastown (Perfect Paperback)
I haven't read a story about the North Pole since POLAR EXPRESS, so it was a delight at this time of year to read this charming story about a lovable, unforgettable bear cub.

The five-year-old cub is Benjamin Polarcap Blizzard, known as Benny by all who love this precocious little character ... and everybody loves him, especially his parents, Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves.

Benny's parents have always dreamed of working with Santa Claus, so when a job opportunity comes along, they move to Christmastown. Benny misses his old friends but soon becomes friends with the Clauses and elves and starts on the most rambunctious adventures of his life.

Benny is big for his age, with huge paws that make him clumsy; though everyone teases him about his clumsiness, they all adore him, and he knows it. Just wait till you read the charming scene where he gets in trouble in the toy shop and how Santa's positive attitude and good nature turn it into a "good" thing.

And what happens when Benny falls asleep in Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve? How does he end up being the Christmas hero? And how does Santa use Rudolph's nose to send a message to Benny's parents?

But that's getting ahead of the story and I certainly don't want to spoil it for you.

All I can say is that I love Benny, and you and your kids will too. Kids will undoubtedly relate to his fun-loving nature, his clumsiness, and his penchant for getting into trouble. After all, that's what ALL the best kids are like, isn't it?

Just ask Santa Claus! He understands kids better than anyone.

Author Karen Nivens has created new, novel characters that will long be remembered by children around the world. And talented artist Jason Grisham has interpreted Nivens's characters with the most cheerful, colorful illustrations imaginable. Simply fantastic!

This book leaves me with one question: After Benny, will Christmastown ever be the same? You be the judge.


http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2123574.Benjamin_P_Blizzard
Benjamin P. Blizzard: Welcome to Christmastown
by Karen Nivens
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 · rating details · 4 ratings · 0 reviews
Benjamin P. Blizzard: Welcome to Christmastown is about a polar bear family, Bernard, Beatrice and Benjamin, moving to Christmastown, North Pole where Santa enlists the help of a young rambunctious and sometimes clumsy Benjamin P. Blizzard. This story will delight children of all ages with its fun and captivating storyline.


http://www.bookideas.com/reviews/index.cfm?fuseaction=displayReview&id=4293
Benjamin P. Blizzard: Welcome to Christmastown
by Karen L. Nivens , Jason Grisham
rating 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by: John L. Hoh, Jr.

Benjamin "Benny" Blizzard is a polar bear. Well, in the book he's called "Benny," so this review will refer to him as "Benny." Benny's mom, Beatrice, is a famous reindeer doctor who finally gets the commission to practice medicine for Santa. Benny's dad, Bernard, is an engineer who had developed a keyboard for paws so that polar bears could be part of the computer age (well, Bernard also like playing computer games and surfing the 'Net).

Benny, their son, fits in nicely. But growing polar bears are gangly and they are not as nimble as small elves. And it is this lack of nimbleness that sets the stage for our story.

Benny tries to help load the sleigh on Christmas Eve. Of course as he admires the toys in the toy workshop he trips on a table. Amid a loud CRASH toys and paint go flying. The elves are perplexed--there is no time to make new toys and dolls!

Santa comes and laughs. He sees special rainbow toys where everyone else sees ruin. And he lets out a hearty "HO-HO-HO!" (or was it HOH-HOH-HOH?") But Benny is afraid and runs to hide. Well, hiding in Santa's sleigh probably wasn't wise.

But Santa won't pass up free help on his busiest night of the year. Meanwhile, Benny makes a special delivery with special toys to some special children.

The book is a delightful story of forgiveness and redemption.


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