A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids will see Santa doing a lot of work to prepare for Christmas, from darning his socks to polishing his sleigh. And they’ll see thoughtfulness and consideration as Santa tends to the reindeer and gathers gifts for the children he cares so deeply about.
Positive Role Models
Santa is full of love for the world’s children, and patience as he prepares for the big night. Magic may be the key to Christmas, but Santa diligently does a great deal of work to get ready.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is nothing to be concerned about in this heartfelt holiday tale. Families feeling burned out by holiday commercialism will find some respite here.
Is It Any Good?
This is a Christmas lullaby for families to cherish. It’s a warm, calming alternative to gaudy holiday fare. There are no elves, no wish lists, no hearty jolliness. Lauren Thompson’s carefully paced writing is poetic and vivid, pairing beautifully with gorgeous illustrations by Jon J Muth: Kids will feel the reindeer’s shaggy coats, hear the harness bells jingle as Santa polishes them, and feel the warmth of the fire while Santa mends his socks. Here, Santa is a solitary figure, going about his preparations with care and loving attention.
Adults and kids alike will be touched by this meditative picture book. Its quiet beauty invites families to be still, for just a moment, and feel a bit of holiday magic.
Soft watercolor and pastel artwork casts a spell all its own.
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