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Library : Book Reviews > Santa's Favorite Story

Santa’s Favorite Story
By Hisako Aoki and Ivan Gantschev

Review by: Yvonne Gaudet

     When the forest animals find Santa Claus sleeping under a tree they think Christmas is coming early. Santa tells them that he was out exercising in order to be in shape to deliver presents and he became tired and needed a rest. This makes them wonder if Santa will be able to deliver his presents on Christmas Eve, and they become alarmed. They wonder if there might not be a Christmas this year. This is when Santa tells them that Christmas has nothing to do with him and he proceeds to tell them of the first Christmas. He tells them how an angel appeared to some shepherds in a field, and how the angel said "Be not afraid, today the Christ Child has been born. God has sent His Son to show what God’s love is like." The shepherds follow the star towards where the Baby Jesus lay, in a manger, in a stable. The shepherds knew that this was the Son of God, so they knelt down and prayed.
     Santa tells this story to the animals and explains to them that God gave us His Son as a gift, and that this ‘first’ gift is far greater then any gift Santa could ever deliver. He then puts his hands into his pockets and waits for a response from the forest animals. Finally Fox says that he feels foolish for thinking that Christmas was all about presents. Then Santa and all the animals hurry toward his house to prepare for Christmas Eve. When Christmas Day came and Santa had finished his work, he sat around the fire with his new friends and told the Christmas story to them again. All the while Santa remembered that Christmas itself is the greatest gift of all.
     I recommend this story for the ages of four to ten. The illustrator, Ivan Gantschev, uses watercolor pictures to create the mood of this story. A cute book to read to your class to remind them about the true meaning of Christmas.

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