A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Teaches a lesson about the magic of Christmas and the value of believing in things we can't always see.
Never let other people make you question what you know to be true. The magic of Christmas extends throughout the world.
Positive Role Models
Deja is determined to seek the truth by asking questions. She displays curiosity and determination.
The book features a diverse cast of characters in New York City. There's variety in the character's ages, races, physical abilities, and languages. The Black main character comes from a single-parent household, and a same-sex couple is portrayed in one of the illustrations.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Santa in the City is written by New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson and illustrated by Reggie Brown. This sweet story, set in Brooklyn, is a celebration of the magic of Christmas and what it truly means to believe in Santa Claus. The main character, Deja, relies on her mom for help when she begins to doubt the existence of Santa Claus, and whether or not he visits the city, after her classmates question her beliefs. Major themes include the magic of the holiday season, the value of asking questions, and the importance of being firm in your beliefs.
Is It Any Good?
Author Tiffany D. Jackson and illustrator by Reggie Brown have created a fun Christmas story centered on the lived experience of those in the inner-city. Santa in the City is filled with holiday cheer and love. Deja serves as a wonderful role model, as she displays an inquisitive nature and determination. Readers will be in awe of the bright illustrations that were all created digitally, using Photoshop. This fun read for the family shows the importance of Christmas spirit, and that Santa cares about everyone.
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