Rod Green, Jon Lucas & Carol Wright
Atheneum, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
he front cover of this informative, interactive book on the holiday has an envelope attached, with a Christmas card from Santa and Mrs. Claus at the North Pole, while the back cover envelope includes stickers for holiday gifts. Inside is everything you (and Virginia) ever wanted to know about where Santa lives, the elves, the mail room, the workshop, Mrs. Claus, the reindeer, the snowsuit, the sleigh, the journey and present delivery, Santa Sightings, and Christmas Day chez Santa.
earn facts about: the Arctic (did you know the ice at the North Pole is thirteen feet thick?); animals like the Arctic hare, snow owl, and polar bear; the magic rooms in Santa's log cabin; how the elves organize and spend their time. Visit Santa's Mail Room, open a
letter, and read the
Naughty & Nice
list over Santa's shoulder as he checks it twice. On to Santa's Workshop, '
the noisiest place at the North Pole
'! Did you know the teddy bear is the elves' favorite toy? Learn its history, and read
The Wisdom of the Elves
, while watching them hard at work.
ake scrumptious Christmas Cookies (with molasses and chocolate chips!) from Mrs. Claus's own recipe, and take a few with you as you visit the reindeer, learn all their personalities, and discover that '
Belief is the key to the magic of flight.
' Open up Santa's wardrobe, and look over the garments - mundane and magical - that he dons on Christmas Eve. Check out the specs for his Sleigh (did you know it has
Stealth Shock Absorbers
magic bubble timer
, and a food warmer for the reindeers' moss and lichen pies?) Share Santa's travels, while reading his Diary and route map, and learning about snow.
inally, enjoy Santa Sightings; read the
Ho, ho, ho! Is it a UFO?
'; share Christmas Day with the elves at the North Pole; and learn all about the Aurora Borealis. This ultimate book of
is chock full of fascinating details for kids to pore over and explore - small booklets to read, pages to unfold, windows and envelopes to open - making it the perfect pastime to keep small hands and minds busy anticipating the holiday.
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