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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442429933
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442429932
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 10.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 1-3-Barrett explains Santa's origins in the form of a personal memoir, complete with appealing scrapbook-style "photo" layouts. It's no surprise that Santa was jolly from birth, always loved cookies, and uttered "ho, ho, ho" as his first words. But who knew that his dad made toys in a basement workshop and that the annual toy distribution was a way to declutter the house? Actually, Santa's life was more normal than one might guess. He played baseball, joined a rock band, held various part-time jobs, learned to drive, and even attended the high school prom. It was in college, where he met the future Mrs. Claus, as well as his future employees, the elves, that his career destiny solidified. His thriving enterprise continues to this day, and, though he's a bit older and rounder, he keeps up with the trends. Kids needn't fear any missed deliveries because Santa's sleigh is now jet-propelled and equipped with a GPS! Clever and original, the story is made even more appealing by the dynamic acrylic paintings. Hawkes is a master of at rendering expressive faces and humorous details. A surefire hit for holiday storytimes.-Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* Sure, Santa lives at the North Pole now, but he has to come from somewhere, right? And he does. According to the powerhouse team of Barrett and Hawkes, he is Cincinnati born and bred, and the signs pointing to his bright future were always there. Told from Santa’s point of view, this recounts his birth on December 25th (he is the only baby in the nursery wearing a pointy red cap); talks about his early jovial disposition diagnosis; discusses his cotton-ball beard; and describes his dad, who made toys in the basement. The story continues on from there, as Santa’s toys overflow his bedroom and are subsequently given away to neighborhood children. Santa heads off to a very special kind of college, before settling down with Mrs. Claus. Barrett hasn’t left any stone unturned in imagining Santa’s childhood days, and the first-person narration gives the whole thing a tongue-in-cheek vibe. Obviously, Hawkes had so much to play with here, and he extends the fun at all times. There’s the Polaroid snapshots of would-be Santa trying to pursue other interests and joining a rock band called Santa and His Reindeer and others depicting Mr. and Mrs. Claus’ rejected potential homes (one is captioned Lighthouse. Not righthouse). Kids are going to want to add this one to their Christmas lists. Grades K-3. --Ann Kelley

More About the Author

Judi Barrett is the author of many well-loved books for children, including Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Pickles to Pittsburgh, Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, and Things That Are Most in the World. She teaches art to kindergarten students at a school in her Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood. And she usually doesn't mind going to the dentist!

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I heard a review of this book on the radio. Since we live in Cincinnati, I wanted my grandchildren to have a greater appreciation for this city. The book did it.
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This story is the authors' view of how a boy named Santa became The Santa. It is a real entertaining story. I enjoyed the pictures and thought they really helped make the story more exciting. The story itself has some great moments. When you read about all the toys he makes as a young boy and how they fill up his house you can just imagine how much fun that would be! I gave this book 5/5 stars! A must read for any child (or parent) who is a fan of Santa!
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By Janice Shelton on January 16, 2013
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Bought this for my niece and nephew who live in Cincinnati. This was a fun book for them to read and who knew Santa got his start in Cincinnati!
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My grandchildren 3/12, 7 and 9 liked this very much. They gave an extra copy to their friends in Chicago.
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By Joyce A. Eiben on December 11, 2012
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This is a wonderful story of Santa growing up in Cincinnati, and the illustrations are adorable. This will be my "go to" book for kids gift-giving. Love it!
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