Dorothea Jensen

An Award-Winning Author of Books for Young Readers

Selected Works

Educational Material: Classroom Guide
A complete "lesson plan" for using A Buss from Lafayette in 6-9 grade classrooms!
Illustrated Christmas Stories in Verse
This Christmas tale in verse celebrates the power of children's imaginations and the magic of books.
What happens back at the North Pole when Blizzy discovers that Tizzy is missing on Christmas morning?
Dizzy the elf, Tizzy's best friend, finds all the adventure he wants (and more) when he hides in the back of Santa's sleigh!
Frizzy tries to cure her S.A.D. (Seasonal Affection Distress) by making something new (and "yuck") that she won't miss when Santa takes it away for delivery on Christmas Eve.
Historical Fiction for Young Readers

In 1825, Lafayette comes to New Hampshire as part of his "triumphal tour" and affects the life of a young girl in unforeseen ways.
"The American Revolution comes alive... A wonderful book that melds both past and present together... "
Regency Romantic Comedy
“Splendid and sophisticated Regency romance...fun to read...fine characterization and period dialogue."

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Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf

Now available as a paperback, a Kindle, and as both a downloadable and CD audiobook.


Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf received the prestigious Mom's Choice Award,
in the Juvenile Level I (Ages 5-8 Years), e-book category,
honoring "the best in family-friendly media."


Synopsis


Naughty Owen and Alex sneak downstairs early on Christmas morning before their parents are up and open one of the big presents from Santa. They are disappointed to find that it is a bookshelf filled with books - not the electronic games they were hoping for. Their disappointment turns to amazement and concern, however, when they find Tizzy, one of Santa's elves, has been packed inside the bookshelf by mistake.

Tizzy, desperate to get back to the North Pole, points out that Santa's sleigh is powered by the imaginations of children, and asks the two boys to use the power of their own imaginations to send him home. But how?

Reviews


High Standard of Language Use and Positive Messages

Dorothea, your newest books are great fun to read to children. Your family of adorable elves teaches a high standard of language use and positive messages, making the experience very worthwhile and one a child will enjoy over and over. I look forward to future publications of your elf stories to read to the children in our family. Thank you for writing these charming stories.

–LinkedIn Recommendation


Begging to be Read Aloud

...a lovely rhyming book begging to be read aloud in the tradition of the classic poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas”, more commonly known as “Twas The Night Before Christmas” penned by Clement Clarke Moore...Tizzy, The Christmas Shelf Elf is a clever holiday read-aloud story featuring two excited siblings who sneak down early Christmas morning and discover a very special surprise. Only through their discovery of the magic of books do they find a way to send Tizzy back home. Kudos to the author for highlighting the importance of books! I recommend this book to be read aloud to children ages 5 and older.

Renee@​motherdaughterbookreviews.com



This Book is Going to be a Family Tradition

Awesome. This book is going to be a family tradition. I read it myself first to see if the kids would like it ..then I read it to them. They made me read it twice and they want me to read it again tonight love it .....someday going to be a huge movie just watch. 5 STARS

–Goodreads Reviewer


Delightful Holiday Story

Delightful holiday story told in rhyme. Illustrations are colorful and appealing, and verse is rhythmic, a combination sure to speak to children. The text is longer than the traditional Clement Moore tale of The Night Before Christmas, so it is probably best for children six and over. 4 STARS

–Goodreads Reviewer


Keeps Kids Interested

I loved this Christmas book. The illustrations are amazing and colorful. I like the way it is written and it keeps the kids interested. I am definitely going to get the others in the series. Congrats on a great book. If you have kids (or not) you will all enjoy it. 5 STARS

–Goodreads Reviewer

Cute Book

Can't wait to read it to my students. 4 STARS

–Goodreads Reviewer


Richly Colored Pictures and an Old-Fashioned Feel

When Dorothea Jensen wrote the children’s holiday book Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf, it was a departure from her usual fare. Her first ventures were three Jane Austen-esque romantic comedies published in the 1980s. Then came Jensen’s award-winning young-adult historical novel, The Riddle of Penncroft Farm. Recently, however, the author has turned her talents to illustrated books with rhyming prose for the wee ones. The inspiration? Her six grandsons. With richly colored pictures and an old-fashioned feel, Tizzy stars two of Jensen’s Goleta kin — Alex and Owen — and has garnered five-star reviews and a Mom’s Choice Award. Conceived as a series called Santa’s Izzy Elves, Jensen has already written two other volumes: Blizzy, the Worrywart Elf and Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf, with more elf adventures to come.

-Michelle Drown, Santa Barbara Independent


Below are links to buy Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf. Paperbacks are also available at many other websites and at many bookstores.


Tizzy says "Thanks" to the boys who helped him get back to the Pole in both Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf and Blizzy, the Worrywart Elf (Animation by Shayne Hood)