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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) (Little Golden Book) Hardcover – Movie Tie-In, August 1, 2000

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This charming re-telling of the classic TV special is dutifully captured in a Little Golden Book with its vibrant art and enchanting prose. Golden Books doesn't miss any of the wonderful characters in this perennial favorite, from Yukon Cornelius to Rudolph's friend Hermey to all the Misfit Toys! Put simply, this is a classic story for children during the holiday season.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Little Golden Book
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books; 1st edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307988295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307988294
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book as a child back in the fifties, and was delighted to find it still available. It begins similarly to "The Night Before Christmas": "'Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the hills..." and continues in verse, telling the familiar story for the very first time, with more wit and charm than any watered-down Disney version could possible supply. I'm so glad that my small nieces will now have a chance to enjoy it. Too bad Robert L. May is not often given the credit he deserves for this Christmas treasure.
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At the writing of this review, nearly half of the customer reviews are of completely different books. In fact, all of the non-five-star reviews have nothing to do with this edition, entitled "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", based on the original story by Robert L. May, and illustrated by David Wenzel. If it were not for this error, the book would in fact have 5 stars.

The illustrations are beautiful, and the verse I do not consider lengthy at all. Such rich vocabulary and quirky similes are often overlooked in modern children's books. My favorite line is: "And Santa was right, as he usually is. The fog was as thick as a soda's white fizz."

Money well spent.
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ASIN B000LSFQV4 - There are a multitude of versions of this story in print; this review is particular to the 1967 "Facsimile Edition" published by Applewood Books. This edition is an exact reprinting of the original 1939 book written by Robert L. May for Montgomery Ward, illustrated by Denver Gillen.

Rudolph lives in a reindeer village (not the North Pole, as you probably expect); he is made fun of by his peers because of his bright, red nose, is shy and lonesome and very, very sad. Like any good reindeer, Rudolph obeyed his parents and was hopeful that Santa would treat him the same as he treated the others. Meanwhile, Santa is facing terrible weather conditions and isn't sure he will be able to see through this Christmas Eve fog. Santa begins his journey, moving slowly and carefully, until he reaches the place where the deer live. There, he is amazed to find Rudolph's room well-lit. He is even more amazed when he finds out why it's well-lit! Santa asks Rudolph to help him through the remainder of the night, which Rudolph does. As Christmas dawn breaks, they return to Rudolph's home where he is hailed as a hero and Santa asks Rudolph to promise to serve "On future dark trips, as COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF!"

Many Rudolph fans will actually find themselves surprised that the book is a bit different than the movie and the song - did you know, for example, that the book starts, and ends, with almost the exact same words as Clement C. Moore's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas? Really, you just can't call yourself a fan without ever reading the original. The illustrations, by Denver Gillen, are the originals, as well. Even though newer depictions are great, nothing compares to these.
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This is the original story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, written by Robert L. May in 1939 for Montgomery Ward. Out of all the versions of it currently available in print, this is most definitely my favorite one - all thanks to Antonio Javier Caparo absolutely stunning watercolor illustrations.

Who doesn't know The Red-Nosed Rudolph? Santa Claus' brave little helper, spirited and dedicated. His story is a moving one, it pulls on your heart strings and reminds you to always believe in yourself and to never stop trying. Rudolph story is a true classic, filled with magic and Christmas spirit. It fills your heart with joy and warmth, it excites and entertains, and it teaches us that dreams really do come true!

This gorgeous 75th Anniversary Edition feels and looks like a pricey collectors item, in that it's really magnificently designed, embellished with golden accents on the cover and dust jacket, and printed on a high quality glossy paper. It's completely fantastic and it makes for a perfect Christmas gift.

Caparo's illustrations are beyond enchanting and mesmerizing. They are so rich in details, so full of life, so heartfelt and captivating, you find yourself staring at them completely awestruck and spell-bound. They are simply beautiful and I can't tell you how much I love them. Combined with May's timeless, heartwarming story, they create something truly special and worth cherishing.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer is a story I will be reading to and with my daughter every year around Christmas time. We will make big steaming mugs of hot-chocolate, we'll grab a plate of home-baked cookies and a warm blanket, and we'll cozy up against each other and get swept away into the world of magic, Santa Claus, sparkling snow, shining stars and presents. And Rudolph will be our guide.
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Note: This review is for the book with the blue cover and Rudolph in a picture frame. A red seal on the bottom right corner reads: "The Original Story of Rudolph." Apparently, the various reviews are getting dumped in one Rudolph slot.

Although the story is original with Robert L. May in 1939, the illustrations were created by David Wenzel in 2001. This combination is my favorite of all the Rudolph books.

The book is over-sized, for one. I have the paperback version, which is 9" x 11". The hardback is slightly larger. This larger size makes it easier for children in a school setting to see the illustrations.

Another reason this book is a winner is the color and quality of the illustrations. The reindeer are soft and cuddly looking (even though they call Rudolph names just for having that freaky red nose--so they think). To counteract all the brown of the reindeer, Wenzel splashes a deep, lovely blue around the scene. Even though he is made fun of, Rudolph tries to keep a good attitude. He know he's been good and leaves Santa cookies and cocoa and goes to bed.

Meanwhile Santa is back at the Pole, totally worried about the weather. The fog is so bad the deer have a hard time seeing and almost collide with a huge plane. By the time Santa gets to Rudolph's house, it is pitch dark. But in Rudolph's room, Santa can see and discovers the answer to his prayers--A reindeer with a guiding light. Rudolph is delighted to help.

Of course, at the end, the other reindeer cheer him for being such a help. They are proud to be his friends.

The moral: You CAN be different! It is OK!
Everyone has a talent. When you discover it, don't be shy about using it.

Overall, a great addition to every reading home!
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