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Santa's Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First Christmas Hardcover – October 2, 2007

4.5 out of 5 stars 146 customer reviews

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About the Author

Hisako Aoki’s family name, Aoki, means “blue tree” in Japanese, and her first name translates as “everlasting.” Born in Japan, Ms. Aoki has also lived in Deleware, Salzburg, and Ohio. She has worked in the children’s book industry for more than thirty years.

Ivan Gantschev was born in Bulgaria and studied at the Academy of Art is Sophia. He has written and illustrated many children’s books.  
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Repackage edition (October 2, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141695029X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416950295
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have six small grandchildren, so I bought this book to be kept at my house for when they are here. I love that this story is told by Santa and quickly gets to the point of the real meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus. Explaining to the woodland animals that "love was the gift God gave to us on the first Christmas, and it still is." It briefly tells of Santa going out on Christmas Eve to deliver presents without mentioning all the details of, flying through the air on his sleigh or coming down the chimney to fill stockings by the fireplace. If you're trying to teach the real meaning of Christmas without taking Santa to of the story, this is a good book to use. The pictures are simple and are painted in muted tones. The story is short so even wiggly little ones will not have a hard time sitting to listen. My two first grade grandchildren can read this book with a bit of help but I think past that age should have no problem reading it on their own.
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Imagine my surprise when our Barnes and Noble had this one! A Christmas story where Santa says that Christmas is not about Santa, it's about Jesus. I bought it just to encourage B&N to carry more stuff like this, eh?

I liked the illustrations very very well. The Christmas story as told is not true to the Gospel accounts ( In "Santa's Favorite Story," the shepherds follow a star to the stable ...ok. Per the Bible, an angel told the shepherds where to find the Christ child. It was wise men from the east who followed the star. You could look it up!)

And it wraps up with the message that Love was the gift God gave us on the first Christmas, and it still is. And that's a far better present than anything Santa delivers.
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I absolutely love this Christmas Story. Santa falls asleep in the woods and the animals are afraid that he will miss Christmas. When Santa wakes up he tells the animals his favorite Christmas story which is the story of the birth of Jesus. I give this book to a lot of families with little ones.
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Have used this book for years, literally, in my PreSchool classroom at church, as well as with my own children when they were young, and have given numerous copies of gifts, and am ordering another copy today for a baby shower gift for a former student. Although some may have a complaint about the shepherds seeing the star and not the wisemen as told in this version, it is something that is not the focus of the story and not an issue to young children--the audience this book is geared towards. What is the best thing is Santa telling the animals that Christmas would happen whether he came or not and the telling of the birth of Jesus and God's love for us. Highly recommend.
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I love that this story ties in the tradition of Santa and why we celebrate Christmas. It's just what I needed to remind my kiddos that while Santa is an important tradition, we have a much deeper reason for celebrating that is even more important. It was a huge hit and one that will be read every Christmas.
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I had read a blog suggesting this book, raving about how it’s a great way to really explain the meaning of Christmas to children and what Christmas is all about. I was a little disappointed to be honest. While the story is fine and the illustrations are cute, it just wasn't really what I was expecting. I felt that it could have gone a little further in explaining how the birth of Christ ties into Christmas.
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This book is a nice mix of Santa and the story of Jesus. I like that it brings both worlds together. The pictures are beautiful too. My kids (2 and 5) enjoy it. It's going to be a Christmas tradition from now on. Some people reviewing were upset that it's not the full story of the birth of Jesus, but I like it for very young children.
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This book is such as great reminder as to the original and true reason for celebrating Christmas! It is easy to read and written from the point of view of Santa Claus himself. Both of my boys ages 4 & 9 enjoyed the story as well as being able to understand the meaning behind the book. I will look forward to reading this as a family every year.
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