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BABY SANTA

Author: M. Maitland DeLand, M.D.

Illustrator: Phil Wilson

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Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2010

Material: hard cover

Summary: Baby Santa was so excited that he couldn't wait for Christmas! But oh, what a mess he's made. When he unwrapped all of the gifts, the name tags got lost and the elves don't know who the presents belong to anymore. Ah, but Baby Santa is a Claus, and he has inherited his father's sense of gift giving. Can he get all of the packages identified in time for Santa to make his Christmas Eve deliveries? This is a Santa story with a different twist.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: Read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 2.8

Age of Child: Read by a 12-year-old girl

Young Reader Reaction: Our preteen thought it was sweet and predictable. She said she probably would have liked it when she was little.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a cute story, with a nice father-son connection that you don't often see in holiday books. I didn't like the illustrations. The colors were T-O-O vivid. I felt as though the book deserved "softer" (less computer-looking) images.

Pros: The magic of Santa lives on in this holiday story featuring Father Christmas and his son.

Cons: None, really.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a sweet story, but not likely to become a family treasure.

If You Liked This Book, Try: A WISH FOR WINGS THAT WORK: AN OPUS CHRISTMAS STORY   MRS. CLAUS EXPLAINS IT ALL   ARCTIC AIRLIFT

Educational Themes: There is a lesson about owning up to your mistakes and trying to fix what you've messed up.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, Christmas, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2014

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found at the time of this review. See reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.




                 

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