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"Santa's Birthday Gift" is a recipient of an 2011 National Indie Excellence Finalist Award.

"Santa's Birthday Gift" is a Silver Winner in the 2011 Readers Favorites Awards (along with Sherrill S. Cannon's two other books, "Peter and the Whimper-Whineys" which received a Bronze and "The Magic Word" which received a Gold.)

"Santa's Birthday Gift takes two Christmas stories & combines them in one story book...Too often we allow Santa to be the main focus of Christmas...clearly demonstrates that Santa gives gifts in honor of Jesus birthday...The rhyming is sure to catch the attention of your child...to become a family favorite" - Readers Favorite

...a wonderfully crafted story that explains both the birth of Jesus and Santa Claus' spirit of gift giving...written with such skill ...The traditional nativity story re-told in simple terms that most every child would understand. This story will become a part of your Christmas tradition; it is that good and that inspiring - Kid Lit Reviews

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When I read a story of the Nativity to my grandchild, she looked at me and asked, "But where's Santa?"  That is how this story came to be - first relating a simple story of the Nativity, and then relating how Santa saw the star and became a part of the story.  Since Santa is essentially the "Spirit of Christmas", this story remains true - even as a child gets older.  One of my favorite "reviews" is a note shared by a mother who said that after her child read the story she said, "Now I get it!"
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Eloquent Books (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608608247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608608249
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A clever story that ties Santa into the true Christmas story. My three year old daughter loves hearing this book over and over...and I love reading it to her!
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This is an adorable book that addresses the correlation of the birth of the Christ Child and the tradition of Santa Claus' visit on Christmas to all the children of the world. This book will thrill children and help explain why Santa comes on Christ's birthday every year. It will become a tradition every year along with the story of the Night Before Christmas and the Nativity. The illustrations are precious. This book may very well become your child's favorite book!
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This book is wonderful, tying together the modern themes of Christmas: the Nativity, Santa and the spirit of giving. It reads like a traditional holiday story, reminding the reader why we love classics such as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Lucky us that a family tradition made it onto the shelves of bookstores to be shared with children of all ages!
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I gotta tell you that I really love Sherrill's rhyme and way with words. This is the second book of hers that I have reviewed and I heartily recommend her as a children's book author.

Santa's Birthday Gift opens with the nativity scene on that very holy night so long ago. I really enjoyed this part of the book and Sherrill's way of creating with words a very visual mental image of that special event. She writes so well that the illustrations are just frosting on the cake.

Her weaving of the mythical Santa with the birth of Christ is highly imaginative and does provide an answer for children who ask, when hearing the story of Christmas, "But what about Santa Claus?". However, I was disappointed that Sherrill did not introduce St. Nicholas, a very real person on whom Santa is based that ties in even better with the Christ story and will not later be a potential cause for crisis of faith.

So that's a heads up for parents when considering this book. For those in favor of this tale intertwining Santa's role and the origins of his gift-giving with the birth of Christ, you will NOT be disappointed. - Biblio Reads Children's Book Review
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Santa's Birthday Gift is a delightful Christmas story told in rhyme. It begins with the birth of the Savior, the visit of three kings and angels spreading the news to the shepherds. You can feel the love of Mary as she cradles her newborn baby in her arms.

She held Him and rocked Him and gave Him her love,
For she knew that her baby was sent from above;
And our Christ who would help all the world to believe,
Was asleep in a manger that first Christmas Eve. - Sherrill Cannon

The author then surprises us with a visit from Santa. I was impressed with how delicately she brings out the legend of Santa and incorporates it into the story. She helps young children realize that Santa wants to celebrate the birth of Christ by giving to others. In this small way, he is presenting his own personal gift to our Savior.

I know for a fact that children love to listen to rhyme. It seems to stimulate their senses. I would recommend this book to any child who wonders why Santa comes into the picture.

Written by Linda Weaver Clarke, author of the new mystery series "The Adventures of John and Julia Evans."
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By S. S. on November 29, 2009
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This is a heartwarming book to be enjoyed this holiday season. Beautiful story and illustrations to be shared with others.
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By Suzy on January 26, 2013
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I loved this book. I gave it to a number of my friends for Christmas along with the Kneeling Santa with Jesus Ornament as well as keeping a copy for myself. At first I was a little disappointed because the book didn't seem like it was that big, but once I read it, the message was as powerful as the ornament. I definitely recommend this book because it gives the ornament more meaning.
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This is a wonderful book. depicting Santa as a toymaker angel, that made a promise to the baby Jesus and carries out this promise every Christmas. It's a wonderful way to tie in Santa clause to the real meaning of Christmas with our beloved savor Jesus Christ. I recommend this book for every family. It's so precious and the pictures inside are so nicely done. Well worth the money and Fun to add to your family Christmas stories.
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