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Dear Santa: The Letters of James B. Dobbins Hardcover – September 27, 2005


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Children's Christmas Books
Visit the Children's Christmas Bookstore to find stories about Santa and his reindeer, cozy books to read by the fire, and sweet stories about family celebrations.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (September 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0066237785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0066237787
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreS-Gr. 2. Children's singer-songwriter Harley expands his picture-book oeuvre, which includes Sitting Down to Eat (1996) and Bear's All-Night Party (2001), with a humorous variation on a time-honored seasonal theme. Harley doesn't introduce a real story line but mines crowd-pleasing comedy from a boy's invented letters to Santa, which are full of references to familiar Christmas situations (wishes for wildly improbable presents; defensive explanations for behavioral slipups). Young readers caught up in their own holiday expectations will enjoy reading between the lines of the letters and find ample humor in Alley's cartoonlike watercolor vignettes exposing the truth behind many of the boy's avowals, particularly with regard to his treatment of his little sister. Despite a conclusion that will leave readers wanting more, this droll set piece neatly captures kids' giddy anticipation leading up to Christmas morning. Top it off with a Christmas letter-writing activity. Jennifer Mattson
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Review

“A tasty holiday treat, equal parts hilarious and sweet.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“The droll humor is reflected in Alley’s cheery illustrations.” (Kirkus Reviews)

More About the Author


Born in Greenville, Ohio, Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy® award-winning artist who uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. Recipient of the lifetime achievement award from RI Council for the Humanities "for building community; promoting our common humanity; and encouraging lifelong learning, exploring and growing", Bill tours nationwide as an author, performing artist and keynote speaker.

Bill began singing and storytelling in 1975 while still in college. His work has influenced a generation of children, parents, performing artists and educators. Bill's songs are joyous, direct and honest, his stories are filled with the details of daily life - all told, written and sung from his slightly off-center point of view.

"Humor is my weapon," says Harley of his work. Award-winning books and recordings are filled with his trademark wit and wisdom. Dubbed "the Mark Twain of contemporary children's music" by Entertainment Weekly, his recordings have won numerous prestigious awards including NARAS (Grammy), Parents' Choice, Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio and NAPPA (National Parenting Publications). His books - both picture books and novels, have won similar recognition with awards from: Bank Street School of Education, Children's Choice Awards, Green Earth Book Award and pick of the list from ABA. His latest book, a new series, Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year is a Junior Library Guild selection. Kirkus reviews says of the book "In this series opener, Harley magically weaves the simple lesson that people, even teachers, can surprise you."

Appearing nationally in theaters, schools, libraries, festivals and conferences, as a workshop leader, keynote and inspirational speaker, Bill's work affirms our commonality and reminds us to laugh out loud. In the car, the classroom, at home or on stage, "Harley's witty ebullient performance will have listeners young and old laughing out loud." Publishers Weekly

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By debra k. on July 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this to my second grade class and they absolutely loved it. I had to buy it and plan on reading it to my 6th graders. I think they'll appreciate the humor even more! Great holiday book!
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Format: Hardcover
the kids just love the letters. As I said before, we lost our 1st copy somewhere in the house. We searched and searched and searched. The boys have already stated that they wished that we had found the book, "Christmas just isn't the same without it." Our first book was a hardcover. It was even better, the letters are actually individual peices of paper that came out of evelopes on the page to be read. Hardcover or paperback this book is Great to sit by the fire and read as a family.
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By Ashley L Englert on December 5, 2013
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Great with the shipping and this is the cutest christmas book ever written! It's hilarious! I enjoy reading it all year, not just around Christams time.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Pauletti on January 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a teacher and chose to buy a used product for my classroom from an authorized seller off of Amazon.com. The seller listed the book in good condition, which I thought was fine for the classroom. I ordered the book on a Thursday night and it was delivered to my home in 48 hrs. My postman left it on my wet doorstep, so I assumed I would find a damaged book. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the seller had sealed the book in plastic, so it was undamaged. To top it off, the condition of the book was more new than "good!" An excellent purchase, and the kids loved the book!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Portianay VINE VOICE on December 7, 2005
Format: Library Binding
If you would like your child to be entertained while he/she learns a valuable lesson of What It Is All About, this is the book for you. To the naysayers who will hold up their hands in horror that this is a book about Santa, all I can say is that somehow, without your ever having read it, you've missed it. It is not a book about Santa; it is a book about the true, original, one-and-only Theme of Christmas.
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