Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Santa Claus Book

The Santa Claus Book. Eileen Daly. Illustrated by Florence Sarah Winship. 1972. 24 pages. [Source: Bought]

First sentence: Santa's sleigh was piled high with toys. And Santa's list of boys and girls was so long that it made a curly tail behind the sleigh. "Ho-ho!" laughed Santa as the sleigh landed softly on a rooftop. "This is a good Christmas!" Down the chimney he went. He put a doll under the Christmas tree and a yellow truck beside the doll. At John's house, he left a train. And he put a surprise in the red caboose.

Premise/plot: Santa is going about his business one Christmas Eve when he happens upon a puppy, a lost puppy. Santa is determined to return the pup to his owner. So he takes the puppy with him on his toy deliveries. Will the puppy be reunited with his owner?

My thoughts: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE  vintage books. You grow up with an image of what Santa looks like, and that is for you the real Santa. This Santa is "the real Santa." The Santa of all my childhood wrapping papers. The story is fine. I hope that the puppy does not make a mess in Santa's bag or in the boy's stocking.

Text: 3 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Total: 8 out of 10

© 2017 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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