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Dear Santa: The Letters of James B. Dobbins Hardcover – September 27, 2005

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PreS-Gr. 2. Children's singer-songwriter Harley expands his picture-book oeuvre, which includes Sitting Down to Eat (1996) and Bear's All-Night Party (2001), with a humorous variation on a time-honored seasonal theme. Harley doesn't introduce a real story line but mines crowd-pleasing comedy from a boy's invented letters to Santa, which are full of references to familiar Christmas situations (wishes for wildly improbable presents; defensive explanations for behavioral slipups). Young readers caught up in their own holiday expectations will enjoy reading between the lines of the letters and find ample humor in Alley's cartoonlike watercolor vignettes exposing the truth behind many of the boy's avowals, particularly with regard to his treatment of his little sister. Despite a conclusion that will leave readers wanting more, this droll set piece neatly captures kids' giddy anticipation leading up to Christmas morning. Top it off with a Christmas letter-writing activity. Jennifer Mattson
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“A tasty holiday treat, equal parts hilarious and sweet.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“The droll humor is reflected in Alley’s cheery illustrations.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0066237785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0066237787
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,552,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this to my second grade class and they absolutely loved it. I had to buy it and plan on reading it to my 6th graders. I think they'll appreciate the humor even more! Great holiday book!
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Format: Hardcover
the kids just love the letters. As I said before, we lost our 1st copy somewhere in the house. We searched and searched and searched. The boys have already stated that they wished that we had found the book, "Christmas just isn't the same without it." Our first book was a hardcover. It was even better, the letters are actually individual peices of paper that came out of evelopes on the page to be read. Hardcover or paperback this book is Great to sit by the fire and read as a family.
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Great with the shipping and this is the cutest christmas book ever written! It's hilarious! I enjoy reading it all year, not just around Christams time.
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Format: Hardcover
I am a teacher and chose to buy a used product for my classroom from an authorized seller off of Amazon.com. The seller listed the book in good condition, which I thought was fine for the classroom. I ordered the book on a Thursday night and it was delivered to my home in 48 hrs. My postman left it on my wet doorstep, so I assumed I would find a damaged book. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the seller had sealed the book in plastic, so it was undamaged. To top it off, the condition of the book was more new than "good!" An excellent purchase, and the kids loved the book!
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Format: Library Binding
If you would like your child to be entertained while he/she learns a valuable lesson of What It Is All About, this is the book for you. To the naysayers who will hold up their hands in horror that this is a book about Santa, all I can say is that somehow, without your ever having read it, you've missed it. It is not a book about Santa; it is a book about the true, original, one-and-only Theme of Christmas.
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