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Santa's Birthday Gift Paperback – November 3, 2009
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"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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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!
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
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."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was disappointed that this wasn't the real story of Santa Claus and his beliefs, but a made up one really. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Loulou
Gorgeous illustrations and a Glorious storyline! Even the paper this in this book is of good quality! Highly recommend!Published 5 months ago by Cyndi M
Santa fits perfectly in with the traditional Christmas story! PERFECT for reading out loud. Kid friendly, rhyming, cute illustrations, a great story!Published 7 months ago by A*M
Beautiful story to use with the children at Christmas. Helps blend the secular with the religious!Published 16 months ago by Mickey
Very nice story to teach children that Jesus comes first at Christmas.Published 16 months ago by Jennifer M.
Love this book because I read toy 11 month old and we know that Christmas is about JesusPublished 18 months ago by Love