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Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus: The Classic Edition Hardcover – August 23, 2001

4.8 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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Spector's (He Is Alive!) large-size picture-book reprints the legendary letter to the editor and the response printed in the New York Sun in 1897. When eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon questions whether there is a Santa, editor Church confirms that Santa is indeed very real, as are countless "wonders unseen and unseeable in the world." Creamy pastels, if a bit overdramatic, invite readers into a vivid, softly lit Victorian world. Ages 8-up.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Francis P. Church.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Kids (August 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762411201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762411207
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.2 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have read this book as a child and as an adult read it to my children. This is truly a piece to read at Christmas time every year.
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I love everything about this story! The fact that you can own a copy of it in such a lovely format is very nice. It makes a wonderful gift if you're wanting to share the ideals of faith and love. Also, it is simply the best answer to the question! I am giving it to an adult for Christmas this year.
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I love Christmas and Santa Claus. I don't believe I will EVER outgrow it. I pray that I don't. This book just reaffirms exactly what I've known and felt for years. I've seen the movies, etc., but this was the first book w/ this title. What a winner! Get it! I can't imagine you regretting it. Wonderful pictures and story.
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ISBN 038530854x - A Christmas favorite, the story of THAT question, how it was asked and, more importantly, how it was answered, this is a story that should be told and retold as often as possible. There are various versions, some better than others.

Christine Allison writes a foreword to what is probably the most famous letter to the editor of The New York Sun and its answer. A young girl named Virginia, encouraged by her father - because "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." - writes to ask if there really is a Santa Claus. The anonymous (at the time) response assures her that, indeed, there is a Santa Claus with absolutely certainty. The book ends with information about the main characters involved: Virginia O'Hanlon, the young letter writer; Francis Church, the reluctant editor who responded; Thomas Nast, the illustrator of the book and the man who single-handedly gave us our popular image of Santa.

Allison's foreword is fairly pointless, in my opinion. Illustrations by Thomas Nast are very nice - if you've seen the originals. This book is so small and the drawings have been substantially shrunk, making it impossible to really make out the fantastic detail in them. The author of Virginia's response, Francis Pharcellus Church, could not possibly have known that 111 years later, we would still be reading his eloquent letter - or that childrens' movies (Yes Virginia There Is a Santa Claus, YES VIRGINIA, THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS (ANIMATED)) would be inspired by it. That alone should tell you a lot about the power of Church's answer.
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A beautifully illustrated edition based on the legendary letter that appeared in The New York Sun in 1897. Perfect for those who ask whether there really is a Santa? Team this with the movie Miracle on 34th Street (either version) and they will believe for many more years to come.
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In 1897 an eight year old little girl from New York City was questioning the existence of Santa Claus. Asking her father if Santa was real, he dodged the question and shuffled it off by suggesting she write to the New York Sun, a prominent newspaper of the day. Thankfully for all concerned the Newspaper had more fiber and sense than her father and not only didn't dodge the issue but responded in a way that gave an answer that still rings true to this day. The editor was Francis Church, the little girl was Virginia.

This is a wonderful Christmas story, brightened by beautiful pictures, to be read by children and adults, those who believe and possibly more importantly, by those who need to be reminded of the truth and magic of the season. The most famous news paper editorial it has been reproduced more often than any other and set to good use here.

The 19th Century gave the English speaking world two great literary quotes expressing the two views of the holiday spirit which are still used today. For those who feel overwhelmed by it all and forget that we should reach out to other souls- there's Dickens' "Bah! Humbug!" For those who embrace the joy of the time, there is Church's "Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. " I know which side I stand on.
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This is such a great story. I have always loved it, and when I saw it on the book list on line, bought it for my grandchildren and my great grandchildren. I know they will come to love this story too.
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My mother-in-law (named Virginia), aged 85, had never received a copy of this wonderful book. She was more than delighted when she opened the package and saw something she had wanted for her entire life. I can't tell you how surprised and happy we were to know we had given her a gift that was so special to her. Consider giving elderly people toys and childhood books for Christmas. You, too, will be surprised at how happy it makes them.
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