A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids can compare this newly imagined reindeer tale with other stories they've read or watched involving the famous members of Santa's sled-pulling team.
It's kind to offer to help when someone's having a hard time getting the job done. It's nice to keep your family members in mind, even after you go off and do your own thing.
Positive Role Models
Dasher is brave, kind, helpful, and never forgets her family. Santa Claus is kind and thoughtful, offers Dasher a new home, and rescues her family.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dasher, by author-illustrator Matt Tavares, is a lushly illustrated, elaborate origin story of one member of the eight-reindeer team that, according to poem, song, and TV specials, pulls Santa Claus' sleigh. Dasher is trapped with her family in a traveling circus and menagerie until she escapes, runs into Santa and his one-horse sleigh, pitches in, and begins a new life in this magical tale.
Is It Any Good?
This beautifully illustrated picture books spins a good yarn about one of Santa's reindeer. It's a bold imagining that's warm and rhythmic in the telling, and stresses family love, bravery, helpfulness, and generosity. Dasher has the look of a classic even though the story is fresh as new-fallen snow.
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