Dulce Rodrigues, writer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1st, 2011
Contact: Author House (now a member of the Penguin Group)
Book Name: FATHER CHRISTMAS HAS THE FLU
Price: $13.66 & £8.95
Website address: http://www.authorhouse.com
AWARD-WINNING PORTUGUESE AUTHOR DULCE RODRIGUES
Set in Father Christmas' house in Sweden, this charming play by Dulce Rodrigues takes place in that holiday season. Regrettably, Father Christmas has come down with the flu.
How will he deliver the presents? His assistant Elf dreams of playing Father Christmas for one night but Mrs. Christmas and her husband don't think it's a good idea.
Instead they place an ad for a substitute and a young man who had once replaced the Finnish Father Christmas shows up.
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Angry because the Christmases did not think he was responsible enough to deliver the presents, Elf plays a prank on the substitute... but he is the one who will suffer the consequences...
The book also features the story of Saint Nicholas, this mythical white-bearded gift-giving figure who entered our imagination in the form of Father Christmas or Santa.
The Christmas carol “We wish you a Merry Christmas” is sung at the end of the play; a recipe for Mother Christmas Chocolate Cake and a few easy drawings
for Christmas decorations are also included. Included are also production notes for stage performance in a classroom.
If there is a character with whom we never get bored, that character is no doubt Father Christmas. With its twist on characters from the holiday season and its foreign setting,
FATHER CHRISTMAS HAS THE FLU may appeal to a wide audience. Both adults and children may be entertained by this charming play.
The illustration of the book cover is by the Belgian painter Willoos.
FATHER CHRISTMAS HAS THE FLU is the English version of bilingual French/Portuguese Christmas play
Le Père Noël est enrhumé / O Pai Natal está constipado published by
Éditions Publibook in Paris, France, in October 2008.
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This charming Christmas play for all young at heart is also available as an e-book, at the various Amazon Kindle stores.
About the Author
Award-winning Dulce Rodrigues has authored six children’s books and a travelogue about Egypt. She speaks six living languages, and she translates her own books.
Born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal, she received a scholarship to study at the Goethe-Institut in Germany, and one for a scientific course with the Open University in the UK,
and wound up living in many different countries around Europe. Now retired after a career that included working for NATO and as a translator for the U.S. Military,
she currently lives in Belgium, where in addition to writing she enjoys travelling, gardening, and arts in general. Please visit her at
www.dulcerodrigues.info or at
About the pedagogical role of children’s plays
Kids’ plays can be used for reading in a classroom or for after-school programs: scripts are held by the readers; lines don’t need being memorized.
The stage in this particular could be the front of a classroom; an actual stage isn’t needed. The focus is on reading the text with expressive voices and gestures.
Experience has shown that children and juveniles with no deep interest in books and who struggle with reading gain confidence and get involved in reading as they practice and master simple theatre scripts.
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