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Library : Book Reviews > Flight of the Reindeer...

Flight of the Reindeer: The True Story of Santa Claus & His Christmas Mission
By Robert Sullivan
Illustrated by Glenn Wolff

Review by: Christina Mark

     This 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 night?
 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 magic of
Christmas?  I recommend this for children of all ages from 1 to 101.

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