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Santa's Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First Christmas Hardcover – October 2, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Repackage edition (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141695029X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416950295
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

My son really enjoyed the story.
Tonto
I love that this story is told by Santa and quickly gets to the point of the real meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus.
Janniep
We read it every year so I bought a copy for my niece.
NK

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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on January 2, 2009
Imagine my surprise when our Barnes and Noble had this one! A Christmas story where Santa says that Christmas is not about Santa, it's about Jesus. I bought it just to encourage B&N to carry more stuff like this, eh?

I liked the illustrations very very well. The Christmas story as told is not true to the Gospel accounts ( In "Santa's Favorite Story," the shepherds follow a star to the stable ...ok. Per the Bible, an angel told the shepherds where to find the Christ child. It was wise men from the east who followed the star. You could look it up!)

And it wraps up with the message that Love was the gift God gave us on the first Christmas, and it still is. And that's a far better present than anything Santa delivers.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Janniep on November 26, 2013
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I have six small grandchildren, so I bought this book to be kept at my house for when they are here. I love that this story is told by Santa and quickly gets to the point of the real meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus. Explaining to the woodland animals that "love was the gift God gave to us on the first Christmas, and it still is." It briefly tells of Santa going out on Christmas Eve to deliver presents without mentioning all the details of, flying through the air on his sleigh or coming down the chimney to fill stockings by the fireplace. If you're trying to teach the real meaning of Christmas without taking Santa to of the story, this is a good book to use. The pictures are simple and are painted in muted tones. The story is short so even wiggly little ones will not have a hard time sitting to listen. My two first grade grandchildren can read this book with a bit of help but I think past that age should have no problem reading it on their own.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Drew on January 28, 2014
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I absolutely love this Christmas Story. Santa falls asleep in the woods and the animals are afraid that he will miss Christmas. When Santa wakes up he tells the animals his favorite Christmas story which is the story of the birth of Jesus. I give this book to a lot of families with little ones.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jlm on October 15, 2014
Have used this book for years, literally, in my PreSchool classroom at church, as well as with my own children when they were young, and have given numerous copies of gifts, and am ordering another copy today for a baby shower gift for a former student. Although some may have a complaint about the shepherds seeing the star and not the wisemen as told in this version, it is something that is not the focus of the story and not an issue to young children--the audience this book is geared towards. What is the best thing is Santa telling the animals that Christmas would happen whether he came or not and the telling of the birth of Jesus and God's love for us. Highly recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Capel on January 29, 2014
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I love that this story ties in the tradition of Santa and why we celebrate Christmas. It's just what I needed to remind my kiddos that while Santa is an important tradition, we have a much deeper reason for celebrating that is even more important. It was a huge hit and one that will be read every Christmas.
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By Alexis A. Mccabe on December 2, 2014
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The photos are beautiful and I really liked by the idea of the story, which rates it higher in my opinion than I would normally give.

However, as other reviewers mentioned, there is a biblical mistake.

Another thing was the story is mostly the animals with Santa and very little is Santa telling the story of Jesus. The story of Jesus didn't feel like the main focus of the book and left a lot to be desired.
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36 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pfennigstag on November 12, 2008
The art is excellent, and the story is cute -- but wrong in a major detail.

These authors tell the story that shepherds saw a star that led them to the manger of the newborn Christ.

The shepherds were indeed the first to visit the child, but they were told of the birth by angels. It was the wise men (magi) who came later, following the star. And that's the Gospel truth. Check it out in Matthew and Luke.

If you are not a stickler for accuracy, you'll love this book.
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Santa shares it is not about him and there will always be a Christmas even if there was no Santa. Then he shares the real story of Christmas
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