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Santa's Book of Names Paperback – October 1, 1997

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When Edward has trouble learning to read, his teacher urges tests but his mother counsels ``Patience.'' Then, in Edward's house on Christmas Eve, Santa accidentally drops the all- important book listing the gifts children will receive--and when Edward catches up with him to give it back, Santa invites him to come along to help. Since Edward can't read, he just holds the book and turns pages. But when Santa's glasses tumble into the sea, Edward realizes he must try to read--and finds he can. Appropriately, the last gift is a book for Edward, which he reads all by himself on Christmas morning. The novel twist on the popular scenario makes a sweet story that's sure to be a hit, especially with McPhail's cozy illustrations of Edward's home and a traditional Santa. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

David McPhail is the author and illustrator of dozens of books for young readers, including Edward and the Pirates; Sisters; Mole Music, When Sheep Sleep and many more. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. David lives in New Hampshire.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 520 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316115347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590026925
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is one of the books that I hope will become a Christmas classic. It combines the excitement of Christmas with the love of books and reading. The pictures by Mr. McPhail are an enticing addition to the story. If you love books and reading you'll love Edward, Santa and the last page of this book.
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Edward cannot read. He almost can...but not quite. His teacher tells his parents that there are many tests he can take that will find what the problems are. However, his mother insists on "No tests...just patience."
It is Christmas Eve and Edward struggles to read his favorite Christmas story when he hears a noise. He runs downstairs to find a large, old book. "It must be Santa's!" he thought.
Santa comes back for the book, which happens to be his "Book of Names," but looses his glasses, and needs Edward to go along with him to help him read the names. Edward struggles at first, but Santa helps him. In the end, Edward does fine reading and Santa returns him home, thanks him, and rewards him with a new book.
On Christmas day, Edward reads his new book to his two happy parents.
I believe that this story is really inspiring. Edward gains self esteem, self confidence, and he saves Christmas! This book seems to be an instant classic. The story is good and the illustrations are beautiful. People of all ages will enjoy reading about Edward's memorable Christmas.
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I stumbled across this book while searching for books by this author because we have "Pigs A Plenty, Pigs Galore" by him and absolutely love it. I was not looking for a Christmas book, but as it was the right time of year I checked it out and was so glad that I did. I have a 1st grader who is right on the cusp of reading. It has been slow, and his teachers have been giving him amazing support while also expressing concern as he is not "getting it" like the other kids. As a parent, I appreciate the attention he gets in school, but also feel confident that the reading will come when he is ready. Anyway, when I browsed this title I just could not believe how perfect this was for us! It tells the story of a little boy struggling to read. He has an amazing adventure with Santa on Christmas Eve and is forced to help him by reading from his big book of names and presents.....and when it really counts, he does it! The timing for us was just right as the character in the story was just like our little guy. What is so nice too is that at this age children are still so enchanted with the magic of Christmas, but are also intellectually developing and maturing so quickly. This story really captures the unique nature of a child at this age; growing up fast but still a small child with big emotions. I think it does a wonderful job of making children like this feel confident and okay about who they are. I decided to give this book to him the night before his last day of school before Christmas break and sent it into school with him the next day. His teacher loved the book and read it to the class and told us she was going to get it for her classroom collection. I think my son felt very proud. I think it would be a great book for any household with children just learning to read, and for any 1st grade classroom!
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I have been looking for this book everywhere and it was sold out everywhere I looked. Amazon had it and what a relief it was! My co-teacher and I were able to do some really nice activities with this book. Our students, too, enjoyed the book very much! It was delivered in time, too.
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Cute story. I have a small issue with this book. The child in the story has a reading problem and is referred to testing. In the story the mother refuses testing and tells the teacher that patience is what is needed. At the end of story the child learns to read with an adventure with Santa. This is the wrong message to send to parents and children with learning issues. Many children are unnecessarily struggling in school, thinking that they aren't smart enough or aren't trying hard enough simply because their parents refusing testing. Test results are usually quite empowering to children and enables everyone to lead the child to learning success. Let's not send a message that children with learning problems magically overcome them without true assistance.
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I cried as I read this book for the first time - it is an endearing story about Edward, who is having difficulty learning to read. His teacher suggests he undergo more "tests", but his parents insist "no...more patience". When Santa delivers gifts to Edward's house on Christmas Eve, it happens that he can't read his book of names of boys and girls. Christmas is at stake and Edward must step up to the plate and read the names for Santa. Edward goes with Santa in his sleigh and saves the day by reading aloud the names in Santa's book. He gains his self-esteem and self-confidence in reading, and saves Christmas too!
This is one of the best Christmas books I have read and I ... hope it becomes a classic. This author has written two other books about Edward, just as charming: "Edward and the Pirates" and "Edward in the Jungle".
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This book was very interesting. It all started with Edward not being able to read. His father would always read him a story on Christmas Eve. Edward wanted to read really bad. This story tells how Edward goes from being doubted, to actually being able to read. It brings about a conflict with the losing of Santa's glasses. I think that that was the opportunity that Edward needed to learn how to read. His parents woke him up on Christmas morning. They wanted to read the book to him. He ended up reading it to them. I would definitely recommend this to any kid that wants a good story to read.
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