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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 (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141695029X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416950295
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 9.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

We read it every year so I bought a copy for my niece.
NK
This is a good story for those who celebrate the true meaning of Christmas but also want to incorporate Santa.
NotAny76
My kids love the book and it's a great addition to our other Christmas books.
Amy Lumpkin

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15 of 17 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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24 of 34 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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1 of 1 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sara L. Kelley on January 12, 2008
A wonderful children's story to bring the true meaning of Christmas to a child from Santa's perspective
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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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By Violet Turner on March 2, 2014
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I love the book and it will be a nice one to add to my Christmas books for the grandbabies!
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I have enjoyed reading this story to both of my sons. They enjoy looking at the illustrations and learning more about the characters in the story. I recommend this to other parents of young children.
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By Happy-Go-Lucky on February 20, 2014
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I bought it because I love the pictures, but I returned it because of the inaccurate portrayal of the story of Christ's birth. (The shepherds did not follow a star, an angel told them where the baby was.) I really loved the connection between Santa and the nativity, but Aoki should have done some basic research.
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