The Animals' Santa
The Animals' Santa

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Annotation: A rabbit named Little Snow is celebrating his first Christmas, and after all the forest animals tell him about the animals' Santa, he is excited to wake up on Christmas morning to find his own surprise.
Catalog Number: #87517
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-399-25784-5 Perma-Bound: 0-605-83179-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-399-25784-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-83179-7
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2014000419
Dimensions: 24 x 30 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
This entertaining holiday story reveals how the forest animals receive their Christmas gifts. A young snowshoe hare, celebrating his first Christmas, is told that the "animals' Santa" will be delivering presents that night. Little Snow is skeptical since no one has ever seen this Santa and there are no footprints, sounds, or other signs of his visits. Then, presents rain down from above and he catches sight of the benefactor. Brett's signature meticulously detailed watercolor-and-gouache illustrations are eye-catching. On either side of the main paintings appear small, intricately designed Native American style quillwork frames containing owl-shaped inserts with pictures of lemming elves busily making presents. Whether or not children have ever questioned if wild animals celebrate Christmas, this satisfying story will spark their imaginations and add to their holiday pleasure.
Horn Book
When Little Snow, a young white rabbit, asks the forest animals for clues as to their Santa's identity, everyone has a different theory. Border decorations on each spread hint at the answer, (wordlessly) extending the story. This elusive Santa is definitely real, making Little Snow's ultimate discovery truly satisfying. Brett's clean, precise watercolors show animals dressed in cozy Nordic vests.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2&12; The woodland denizens of a northern Canadian forest can't wait for Christmas, because that's when their Santa secretly leaves gifts (heart-shaped stones, bells, acorns, and the like) for everyone. Big Snowshoe the rabbit is absolutely convinced of Santa's existence; Little Snow, his younger brother, is a bit more skeptical, and nothing Big Snowshoe or the other animals say as they decorate a Christmas tree make him feel any differently. Side panels on each page show lemming elves creating the various gifts. A minor accident on the frozen stream gives Big Snowshoe the idea to hang ice crystals on twigs, and the sound they make alerts everyone to the appearance of Santa, who is a snowy owl. As usual, Brett's illustrations are the highlight&12;lush and magical, filled with whimsical details that will reward repeated viewings. The story itself is adequate (though the twist in which the predator delivers gifts to his normal prey is ingenious) and could play a part in a nonreligious holiday program.&12; Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
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Word Count: 617
Reading Level: 3.2
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 170910 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD630L

This modern Christmas classic highlights how animals are just as curious as kids about their own Santa.

When Big Snowshoe tells Little Snow that the animals’ Santa is coming with presents for everyone, Little Snow wants to know who he is. The animals say they have never seen him.  Maybe he’s a badger, a moose, a polar bear, or a wolf, they tell him. But this spunky little rabbit thinks they are just fooling him.

On Christmas Eve, Big Snowshoe finds a way to see the animals' Santa and a Snowy Owl in a red cap swoops down with a pack full of presents. Never again will an excited Little Snow doubt that there is an animals' Santa.

Jan Brett's love of animals, winter, and all things Christmas is on grand display in this original holiday story.


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