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The Story of Santa Claus

by Tom Paxton

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Summary: This book was great. It told an alternate story about Santa Claus and how he came to be. It starts about with a woodsman just building toys in his free time for all the children in town, because the children in town each get a new toy from him every year. Soon the work becomes too much for him, so his wife hires some elves to help.Then they were making too many toys so Santa moved to a bigger location, the North Pole. There they made even more toys, so he decided to deliver them to the all the children.

Personal Reaction: This story overall was wonderful, and it made me miss Christmas time even more. However, I didn’t really like the illustrations; they were a bit muddy and at time made the text of the story difficult to read.

Classroom Extension:
1) This book would be wonderful to read at a classroom Christmas party.
2) This book could also be used when reading about processes or orders in which something has to be done, building toys being the example.
  amanda.h | Sep 9, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0688154751, Paperback)

Santa Claus embodies the warm spirit of givi ng that is the very essence of Christmas. Discover how Claus the forester created our most beloved holiday traditions, f rom the heartwarming legends of the first Christmas tree to the elves and reindeer. '

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Claus enlists a family of elves to help make toys for children in the Old Forest, but when the cottage becomes too crowded, they move to the North Pole, beginning the tradition of delivering toys to children around the world on Christmas Eve.

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