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Brave Santa Library Binding – September 1, 2004

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PreS–A simple and satisfying story about what can be a scary event for some children. A shy preschooler is apprehensive about talking to Santa, so his parents suggest that he practice asking for what he wants. On a visit to the mall, Jack accidentally bumps into Santa, who is hiding from the kids "because he is not feeling brave" about meeting them. Jack suggests that the big man role-play with him and both overcome their fears. The bright, expressive watercolor cartoons reinforce the excitement of the holiday and set just the right mood for the text. Not a first purchase, but a solid holiday read-aloud.–M. W.
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About the Author

Nancy Poydar, a former elementary school teacher, has created a collection of charming picture books about children's everyday experiences. They include "Bunny Business; First Day, Hooray!; Last Day, Hooray!; Rhyme Time Valentine; Snip, Snip...SNow!; and The Perfectly Horrible Halloween," which Kirkus Reviews said had an irresistible buoyancy.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823418219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823418213
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,054,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This isn't a terrible book. It just didn't fit the way we would want to talk with our children about shyness. I personally don't like labeling children or implying that shyness is a 'stage.' I wish I had read this book before sharing it with my children. The basic premise is that being shy is "just a stage" which is repeated throughout the book. The little boy in the story is shy and going to see Santa. He finds Santa hiding in a backroom because Santa is also shy and overwhelmed by all the children that have come to see him. The little boy repeats to Santa that it is just a stage and that he just needs to practice. Then they both overcome their shyness together. The story has a good premise. Whether it is a good fit for your family all comes down to how you like to talk about shyness.
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