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Black Santa: New Santa Mythology Paperback – August 16, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: UNO Press (August 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608010228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608010226
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,155,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia K. Sills on October 18, 2010
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Last year, Jamie Bernstein included the song "Black Santa" on his Songs from the Tree of Life album, which he recorded under the name J. the Savage. That Christmas, he posted an animated video for "Black Santa" on YouTube, and just in time for this Christmas, UNO Press has published Black Santa, the book. It looks like a children's book--it's illustrated, with the images taken from his animation efforts--and reads like a children's book--the text is the lyric to the song--but according to Bernstein, it's not a children's book. "This is a book for human beings," he says. "All human beings could profit from gaining more understanding of other human beings and stop hating them. I really feel like this book is a vehicle for that."

The song and video were the result of Bernstein's surprise at moving here from West Virginia and seeing for the first time an image of a Black Santa on a neighbor's yard in the Irish Channel. "There are not a lot of Black people in West Virginia period," he says. "I had never seen Black Santa or even intellectually conceptualized the idea of Black Santa. When I saw this Black Santa on my neighbor's yard and it was made out of plywood, it had the spirit of Christmas for me, a do-it-yourself spirit, and it had the trappings of real love and care." His Santa is truly black, though, with black hair and a black beard. He's Black Santa and not African-American Santa because he lives in Mexico, the song says.

"I think the world is ready for this," Bernstein says. "I think if you read this book and understand this book, then you understand Black people and all people better."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Bernstein on November 1, 2010
Reading this book will take you on a journey into the unique world of Black Santa. His lifestyle and ideas about Christmas are truly unique. This book is more than you can imagine. It has a majical quality to it. It is a must for all those folks on your Christmas list who already seem to have everything. You are going to love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David A. Page on October 16, 2010
I just read a copy of 'Black Santa' by Jamie Bernstein and I loved it! Fantastic original art work and vibrant colors and a fun message for everyone. I'm buying ten copies to give to friends at Christmas. This is a cool book.
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