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Christmas is so close! I can hardly wait to sit by our fireplace, sipping cocoa and reading a story. All the while, waiting on St Nick himself to show up with a bag full of toys. Or so our own story goes.
Our oldest daughter knows mom and dad stay up all night to make things perfect for Christmas morning. I don’t ever remember even telling her, it was as if she hit a certain age and just knew. Our youngest though still believes in Santa and we encourage it. She makes 2 lists, one for us and one for Santa. Then we make sure to get just 1 item on her Santa list and it gets put under the tree the night before with a message from Santa. We all enjoy seeing her light up and love the experience. I am not sure what age she will get to before we either have the real Santa talk or if maybe she will be like her sister and age out easily. To us, Santa is very true in the sense that it is a feeling or experience of giving.
But when she is ready to have “the talk” about Santa, we’ll be able to use a new story called Love, Santa to help explain who and what Santa really is. Written by Martha Brockenbrough, Love, Santa helps parents explain the meaning of Santa in a gentle but truthful way. It has beautiful artwork and includes interactive letters that lets your kids remove and read each one.
The story begins with a little girl who writes to Santa and has some questions about the North Pole, Mrs. Claus, and Christmas presents. Year after year, Santa always writes her back. They form a strong bond until one year the little girl decides to write her mom, asking if she is actually Santa. Her mom then explains how Santa isn’t just a person to believe in, its about love, giving and the spirit of Christmas that is the real Santa.
This entertaining book is for ages 6-11, but really reaches everyone with a great message.
About the Creators
- Martha Brockenbrough is the author of two books for adults and five books for young readers, including The Game of Love and Death, which earned four starred reviews and was a Kirkus Prize finalist, Devine Intervention, and The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and their two daughters. Visit her online at marthabrockenbrough.com.
- Lee White is an artist and teacher who loves watercolor, printmaking, and climbing trees. He spends his days splashing paint in his backyard studio, where there are absolutely no clocks allowed! He has illustrated more than fifteen books and shown in galleries across the country, from Los Angeles to New York. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and young son.
This is a sponsored review on behalf of Scholastic.