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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 1998
Alden starts his book beautifully by telling, with superb imagination, the origin stories of the main characters in the book - Santa, Mrs Santa, the Elves, the creatures of the North Pole and of course the Reindeer. The author explains the mistique of Yuletide with the view of entertaining the child listener and adult reader. The questions that need answering are all handled in exquisite detail.
The illustrations are as entertaining as the wit, in the many stories that Alden must have concockted oops... researched, in his numerous trips to the North Pole and personal interviews with the "Big Fellow himself".
IT (Information technology)buffs will love the scientific explanations of; the flight of the reindeer, how a sleigh is loaded, what happens to non-believers, the Elvish language and their antics, coming down the chimney and most important, the marvels of Santa's toy workshop.
The book is devilishly clever and a must for any parent, teacher or child.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 1999
This is the best Santa Book ever! Good for all ages. We have made this part of our family tradition. Unique and fun information to keep children believing in Santa and full of the magic of Christmas,Santa, his elves, Mrs. Claus, etc. Makes Santa more real, yet more magic than ever. Great gift for children and new parents. This book should be published again in hard bound!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2006
I received this book as a gift from Santa (my father) on Saint Nicholas Day in 1987. Saint Nicholas Day was observed on the German side of my family. It was a family tradition to leave your letter for Santa in your stocking. On the morning of the 6th (St. Nicholas Day) he had not only taken his letter, but left you a little something behind in your stocking. This book was just a little more proof that Santa did exist. My Father did his best to keep me a believer. The Santa Claus Book will make you smile at any age. The illustrations rock, and every page is filled with a cute, humorous account of everything Santa. You get the scoop on the Elves, reindeer and the history of Santa's suit. There is even an illustration of what happens to non believers. I am 28 and I still believe! You will love this book and so will your children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2006
I loved the stories in this book when I was younger. Even as teenagers, my brother and I used to read various selections out of this each year around the holidays. It went out of print for a while, and now I am glad to have my own copy to read to my children. My five year old daughter loves it. She would have let us read the whole book at once I think. The format of a long research project is fun, and the various explanations from why Santa gives lumps of coal to how he fits down chimneys is imaginative and a lot of fun. Santa's best kept secret? You'll have to read the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 1998
Ever wondered WHO elves are, anyway? Want to know what they do at the North Pole all year round? What kind of woman is Mrs Claus? Did you know who is really in charge at the North Pole? What is the real story about elves and *bathtime*? This book will tell it all!! Page after page of wonderful imaginative stories and illustrations that will delight children and adults alike. This book will make a <<great addition>> to your holiday traditions by reading one special story each night to your children during the Christmas Season! For those of you that market Personalized letters from Santa, it is an enclyclopedia of the *ELF WORLD* and an inside look at the North Pole like you have never imagined it before. Do you dress up like Santa for fun and profit at Christmas?? Learn more about the life and times of SANTA. You will be able to not only DRESS AND LOOK like Santa, you will be able to tell these stories to your audience.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2005
I have no idea when this book came into my life - I can't remember a time without it. But for years, it was the first thing I dug out of the Christmas stuff in the attic sometime mid-November, and didn't put it down until it was time to go back in the box in January. It's still at my parent's house, and I go straight for it everytime I visit during the Christmas season. This book reads like a factual reference book on Santa, his history, the North Pole, the elves, reindeer, and everything associated with Christmas. Perkes is an amazing writer, and even the most jaded adult will begin to believe in Santa Clause all over again. The illustrations are beautiful, and the stories imaginative and funny and informative all at the same time. I am so grateful that I had this book in my life when I was growing up, and I can't wait to share it with my kids when I have them. I finally ordered my own copy of the book, and can't wait to receive it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2005
This is a great book, I got my first copy at Santa's Village in California the last season in was open. I am so happy to find it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2007
I always remember this book being around our house every Christmas, and I would read it over and over- poring over it for hours. Alden's presentation of research was so "scientific" and official-looking that I believed way after all the other kids my age! In fact, when other kids would tell me they didn't believe anymore, I would tell them they were wrong and their parents had lied- Santa Claus IS real, I have the book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2006
Santa gave me this book when I was still a baby, and I've had it ever since. I'm 21 now and I still think this is the greatest book to read during the holidays. It makes you smile because the way it's written is just really heartwarming and really puts you in the holiday spirit. My mom calls me every year to tell me she got 'the Santa Book' out because I think she loves it more than I do! haha.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2002
I grew up with this book and I absolutely love it. It tells you everything about Santa Claus that you would ever want to know. Even when it isn't Christmastime I enjoy taking it out and looking at it with my brothers and sisters. My mom is buying a copy for all my aunts and uncles this year so that their children can have the joy of reading this delightful biography as well.
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