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Santa Claus & His Elves Paperback – September 20, 1986

4.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Text: English, Finnish (translation)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 20, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517558181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517558188
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #737,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the best book our family has ever seen about Santa Claus!! I vote it ten stars, not just five. This book is truly off the charts for its cleverness, terrific illustrations, inventiveness and sheer Christmas joy. I do not know why some US publisher has not bought the rights and made it into the classic it deserves to be, and is in our family. My Son was given this book at his first Christmas. Both he and my daughter and I, their Mom, have enjoyed this book every year since then. I would love to be able to obtain more copies of it to hand down to my grandkids and so on. It gives very detailed and often quite funny "true" information about Santa and his whole village at the North Pole. It is quite an operation, believe me! Santa has his sleigh but also has a fleet of red airplanes with reindeer logos on them. The drawings are so full of detail and funny things going on that it keeps both kids and grown-ups exclaiming and laughing. For example, birds sit on elves' noses. Baby elves suck pacifiers. The elf band is playing "Ob-la-di, ob-la da"; the printer elves tie up their beards around their heads so they do not get them in the ink, and in the carpenter shop, there is a sign saying, "safety first." There are even elves who spray paint the toys. So hilarious, as a little animal watching this gets sprayed too. The elf children's classroom often was intently examined by my kids. The book is Scandinavian in origin I think, and that is why it is so hard to find now here in the USA. The outfits and scenery, houses and huts are Norwegian or Swedish, and the costumes have all sorts of decorative Nordic touches. Each elf seems to have a different personality.Read more ›
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Format: Paperback
My son was given this book by his German grandmother for Christmas, and it's the most interesting Christmas book I've ever seen. It explains everything kids need to know about where Santa Claus comes from - but in a modern approach: there are high-tech elves, Santa distributes presents in planes because his sleigh can't cope with the magnitude of presents anymore and parents have to buy some gifts for their children at the toy store because he doesn't have the facilities to make them.
I especially love the book's explanation of why many Europeans are visited by Santa on Christmas Eve (as was the tradition in my German family), and Americans and other nations open their gifts on Christmas morning - Santa does have to fly further from Finland, after all, so he doesn't get to the US until the middle of the night. Ingenious - my son will never be confused again!
The illustrations alone are worth a look, every time you open the book you'll see something new!
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By Zena on November 6, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is by far my favorite Christmas book in the whole entire world. The pictures by themselves could captivate me for hours. And they have, since I was little. The story is fantastic too. I don't know why it doesn't have about 50 awards for it's awesomeness. Best book ever.
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Format: Library Binding
I HAVE BEEN READING THIS BOOK TO MY CHILDREN ON THE EVE OF CHRISTMAS EVE SINCE 1982. THEY LOVE IT AND SO DO I. THERE IS SO MUCH TO LOOK AT ON EVERY PAGE.
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Format: Paperback
This was, by far, my favorite Christmas book as a kid. When I was younger, every Christmas Eve, my sister and I would pick out a couple of our favorite Christmas books, and our parents would read them aloud to us. This was always at the top of the list, and I often read it several times during the holiday season, not just on Christmas Eve. The story is charming, the illustrations are beautiful, and there's always so much going on. You could spend hours looking at the illustrations alone. I'm 20 now, and still adore looking at this book. I highly recommend it to anyone of any age!
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Format: Hardcover
I adored this book as a child, and I can't wait to share it with my kids. The story is charming and filled with the joy and wonder of Christmas. The illustrations are jam-packed with fun details, and they really make the North Pole come to life. I think this deserves the same "classic" status as The Polar Express.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book was exactly as I expected it to be. Good condition. Loved it! I had purchased this book many years ago for my children, and they loved it growing up. I was not able to find it after many years, so decided to purchase it for my grandkids. It really brought back memories.
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Format: Paperback
What do kids want when it comes to Santa Claus?? They want details! This book provides all the fun facts, the nitty-gritty on all of St. Nick's operations. Illustrations are beautiful and comparable to Wheres Waldo? meets Jan Brett.
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