From Kirkus Reviews
A charming story explaining how Santa got his sleigh (his elves made it when delivering presents on foot became overwhelming) and why reindeer pull it (because Santa once used his sleigh to rescue an injured reindeer), graced by both pathos and humor (a succession of unsuitable animals apply for the job of sleigh- pulling: e.g., an elephant--too heavy; a team of huskies--afraid of heights). Watercolors in a palette of antique red, forest green, and rich browns are brimming with busy elves, appealing animals, and old-fashioned toys (unfortunately, important elements of a few spreads are lost in the gutter). A satisfyingly large, handsome addition to the Christmas shelf. (Picture book. 3-8) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
From the Inside Flap
Santa Claus and his reindeer have filled Christmas skies with the magical sound of jingling sleigh bells for as long as anyone can remember. There was a time, though, long ago, when Santa made his journey on foot. But with more and more homes to visit each year, he feared he could no longer deliver all the presents. Christmas seemed lost until Santa's elves devised a special plan: a flying sleigh was the perfect solution to Santa's dilemma. But who would pull it?
Find out how the reindeer were chosen in this original tale from Moe Price. His lighthearted text is complemented by Atsuko Morozumi's stunning watercolor illustrations, which glow with the nostalgic warmth of Christmas past. Destined to become a yuletide classic, The Reindeer Christmas
will bring joy to this and every Christmas, form now until forever.
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