of the Reindeer: The True Story of Santa Claus & His Christmas
By Robert Sullivan
Illustrated by Glenn Wolff
is the ultimate encyclopedia on Santa Claus and his miraculous Christmas
journeys. This book is a compilation of information from a variety of
experts who give evidence of the existence of Santa Claus. Some of the
people that have aided Santa in some way or have found physical evidence
of Santa Claus include Sir Edmund Hillary (mountain climber notable for
being one of the first to climb Mt. Everest), photographer Joe Mehling,
Arctic Institute director Oran Young, meteorologist Al Roker, and former
President George Bush, just to name a few. This book is filled with
informative sketches and drawings, not to mention telling photographs of
flying reindeer! Probably the most exciting parts of this whole book, are
the photos taken by a group, led by Will Steger, that actually discovered
Santa's village at the North Pole.
Will Steger seems to be the only person in history to have conducted an
interview with the jolly old elf himself--Santa. Mr. Steger's team managed
to snap a few photos of the North pole where we can see reindeer soaring
through the air and we can look at the tip of Santa's village, just
visible though the fog. Mr. Steger made this historical interview
back in 1986. From this interview we are able to see all of the
trials and tribulations Santa has endured over time. Modern technology has
been both a help and a hindrance to Santa and his team. The
introduction of airplanes and the expansion of cities have been obstacles,
but luckily with the aid of helpers including meteorologists, and
air-traffic controllers, Santa has been able to continue.
This book is chock full of any and every bit of
information one would want to know about Santa and his reindeer. For
example, did you know that Santa's reindeer are actually Peary Caribou and
weigh under 200 lb. a piece? Did you know that Santa is about 150
lb. and just barely 3 feet tall? Did you know that Rudolph is really
only used when needed, particularly in cities with thick smog or in bad
weather? Did you further know that Rudolph is the only reindeer that
Santa himself did not name?
Although some of the wording is a little sophisticated
for the average
preschooler, it is an excellent resource tool to have when they start
bombarding you with questions--How does Santa reach every house in one
How can his sleigh hold all of the presents he has to deliver?
How does he get into homes without chimneys? Don't know the answers?
You can find them all and more here in this book.
This book is brilliantly written and offers beautiful
photos and drawings
that aid in proving the existence of Santa. This book will make
skeptics of all ages into believers and what's wrong with believing in the
Christmas? I recommend this for children of all ages from 1 to 101.