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Pookie Believes in Santa Claus Hardcover – March, 2001


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From Publishers Weekly

Another popular character makes an appearance in Pookie Believes in Santa Claus by Ivy Wallace. Young and old alike will delight in the nostalgic illustrations, first published in the U.K. in 1953 and newly available in the U.S.

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From School Library Journal

Gr 1-3-Originally published in Great Britain in 1953, this illustrated storybook provides a solution to the gnawing questions: How can Santa possibly go to everyone's home in one evening? Why do people give one another presents and pretend they're from Santa? Why are there fake Santas everywhere-people wearing Santa costumes? These issues have brought on a crisis of faith for Pookie, a rabbit with wings (there's no explanation for the wings), who fears "It's all just pretend." When he meets Santa, the little guy gets answers to these and a variety of other questions (such as why people hang up stockings). Santa explains that he doesn't give presents to everyone: "Children who have kind families and plenty of friends don't need me-. [but] If someone has done something special, I like to take them [sic] a present too." Enthusiastically punctuated with multiple exclamation points, populated by creatures with names like Wigglenose Rabbit and Squiffytail Squirrel, and illustrated to emphasize the cuteness inherent in small creatures and elves, this period piece holds more nostalgia value than contemporary appeal.-S. P.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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"Big Brother Daniel" by Angela C. Santomero and Jason Fruchter
Daniel Tiger has just gotten a new baby sister! Baby Margaret is very little, and she needs lots of care and big brother Daniel is here to help! See more

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  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harper UK (March 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007608829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007608829
  • ASIN: 0001983806
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Pookie's Crisis of Christmas Belief
Ivy L. Wallace is a marvellous author-illustrator, leaving aside her other, now neglected, work as an author of full-length children's novels.
Her "Pookie", and "Pookie Puts the World Right" are amongst the best picture-story books ever written.
By comparison, "Pookie Believes in Santa Claus" is almost as good, but arguably not in the same top quality.

What is it about?
"Pookie Believes in Santa Claus" tells another story of Pookie, the little rabbit who has been born, through some happy accident of magic, with wings, even though no other rabbits, in his own family, or elsewhere, can fly.
Having been forced to leave his own home (in "Pookie"), to seek his fortune, Pookie now lives with Belinda, the kind daughter of a wood-cutter.
Pookie's woodland world is a gentle fantasy blend of Arthur Rackham-like elves and goblins in an almost idyllic forest world, among wood-folk such as rabbits, mice, squirrels, moles and owls -- think of Beatrix Potter's animals or Allison Uttley's wonderful "Little Grey Rabbit" picture-story books -- as well as elves, goblins, pixies and similar creatures of fairytale.

In "Pookie Believes in Santa Claus", the story opens a few days before Christmas.
Pookie is puzzled. He HEARS everyone talking about Santa Claus, and the wonderful presents Santa Claus brought in earlier years. But he SAW Belinda's father secretly putting Belinda's sturdy new shoes beside her bed on the previous Christmas Eve, and he KNOWS Belinda secretly made his own Christmas present of red trousers: and so on.
When Pookie discusses this with his woodland friends, naturally no one has SEEN Santa Claus, and the best any of them can say is that they HOPE there is a real Santa Claus.
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By kelly pearsall on November 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
you will want to be one of Pookies friends after seeing their fun
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