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Little Santa

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Cute origin story shows how Santa met elves and reindeer.

Book Jon Agee Holiday 2013
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LITTLE SANTA is a fresh origin story that shows how a pot-bellied little boy in a red onesie grew up to be Santa Claus. It has more to do with the North Pole's snowy climate than Christmas, but there are two scenes that show the decorating of a pine tree (one by Santa, one by the elves), and a flash-forward shows the familiar, white-bearded Santa on a rooftop with his team of reindeer, ready to plunge down the chimney with his sack of toys.

Author-illustrator Jon Agee's art is adorable, his humor sly and deadpan. It's perfect for read-aloud, and kids will have fun imagining what Santa was like as a little kid meeting a flying reindeer and tiny, industrious, elf craftsmen for the first time. There's no hint of the historical, religious, European origin of St. Nicholas.

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