A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The story models intergenerational learning, which can be inspiring for readers. Understanding new things about yourself and the world around you doesn't stop in childhood.
You can create your own path in life. Be true to yourself, and what you're passionate about. There's magic in living your dreams, and making yourself happy.
Positive Role Models
Mrs. Claus is a positive role model because she's independent, hardworking, and caring. She decided to define her own role at the North Pole, and positively impact Christmas in a unique way. She challenges social norms and gender stereotypes by doing everything from driving and fixing the sleigh to training reindeer. Mrs. Claus shows her care for others by encouraging Amalia the Elf to do the same. Amalia displays courage. She decides to break with tradition and do what makes her happy, despite what anyone else may think.
The book highlights characters of different races, skin tones, and ages. All of the characters have different qualities and strengths. Almost everyone at the North Pole has brown skin, including Mrs. Claus, which is a positive and diverse representation that's not often seen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Truth about Mrs. Claus is holiday picture book for young readers from New York Times bestselling author Meena Harris (Kamala and Maya's Big Idea). The story highlights courage and individuality, and promotes learning across generations. The illustrations are unique and cheerful, capturing readers' attention. In an author's note, Harris says she was inspired to create a story that encourages developing new interests and challenging social norms, in addition to spotlighting an important and often ignored figure from Christmas lore.
Is It Any Good?
This festive and inspiring story shows a new side to life at the North Pole. The Truth about Mrs. Claus helps readers understand the importance of having courage and redefining other people's expectations and traditions, if that's what you need to be happy. It's a great example of why representation matters, as children see a Black Mrs. Claus who defies stereotypes. This is a fun holiday story for children and adults alike.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.