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How Santa Got His Job Paperback – October 1, 2002
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PreSchool-Grade 2?A contemporary, funny, and truly original look at how Santa Claus acquired all the skills that have made him the great success he is today. As a young man, Santa wants no part of desks or offices. His first job is cleaning chimneys, and he is so good at getting up and down them that he never gets dirty. His second position is with the post office, delivering packages?but people dislike his zeal when he continues delivering into the night. Later, he cooks at an all-night diner (he gains a lot of weight), works at the zoo (he loves the reindeer best), and does a stint with the circus, where he meets elves who live "out of town and need someone to deliver toys." And, of course, the rest is history. Children will love the clever way in which the story builds, showing how Santa's diverse background prepared him perfectly for his Christmas Eve duties. Schindler's amusing, detailed ink drawings include full-page and half-page spreads, and are sometimes set in a white box against a background of want-ad newsprint, also featured on the endpapers. Krensky's spare text makes brilliant use of every word. A jolly choice for reading aloud during the holidays or as a spoof during career-study time.?LF
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Gr. 2^-4, younger for reading aloud. This very funny picture book will best be appreciated by kids who know their Santa Claus lore--and no longer think he's real. The story begins with Santa as a young man, in jacket and tie, applying for jobs. He starts out by sweeping chimneys, but he stays too clean, so he moves into postal work. Problem: he likes to make deliveries in the middle of the night. Fired, Santa moves on to work in an all-night diner, where he piles on the pounds. Then he moves to the zoo, where he becomes friendly with the reindeer, after which Santa and the reindeer all join the circus and fly through the air. Elves rescue him from that job. Santa and the reindeer are taken to the North Pole, and--well, you know the rest. This is a wonderful wedding of text and art. The story is smart and funny, and Schindler knows exactly how to make his artwork play off the humor. It's particularly fun to watch the Santa aging process as he goes from an eager young job applicant to the jolly old Santa we know. Setting the boxed text against a background of want ads is also an inspired touch. Fun to look at, fun to read, fun to share with kids. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
This book takes NOTHING away from the traditional Santa Claus stories... it merely fills in the details about what Santa did as a young man, before becoming the rotund, jolly, white-bearded Christmas giftbringer that we love so much.
The illustrations are humorous and playful; the text is easy to understand. My son is almost 3 years old, and he loves this book! I think _How Santa Got His Job_ is the perfect compliment to Clement Moore's _The Night Before Christmas_-- read it to your child, and see for yourself. It's a treat.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought it for my nephews for Christmas. Super cute book about Santa growing up, going through different jobs, and finally becoming Santa. Read morePublished 10 days ago by KTMae
Read this to my third grade class today, and they absolutely loved it. Such a fun way to explain how Santa got the ideas to do what he does. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Mom of Two
Cute idea for a story, but is a bit disjointed to read. The illustrations are fantastic, but I needed more from the writing.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful book for explaining the many questions that children have about Santa. It gives some very insightful and clever explanations for everything that Santa does. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sara Kovach
Delightful book, the seniors really enjoyed when Santa read it to them.Published 12 months ago by GLORIA G.