The Animal’s Santa
P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group, 2014
From the dust jacket: “Who is the animal’s Santa?” Little Snow asks. Big Snowshoe doesn’t know. But he leaves us presents every Christmas, he tells Little Snow. Maybe he’s a badger or a polar bear, a moose or a wolf? the animals chime in. But they say they have never seen him, and that makes Little Snow wonder. He is sure they are just fooling him. On Christmas Eve, Big Snowshoe figures out a way for the animals to see Santa. Their first glimpse is unforgettable, and never again will an excited Little Snow doubt that there is an animal’s Santa. Young children will pore over magical illustrations of Little Snow and all the forest animals celebrating Christmas in the snowy far north under a brilliant night sky.”
This little book made me smile. I smiled at the sweetness of the story; at Little Snow’s (a snowshoe hare) refusal to believe because no one had seen Santa; at his brother, Big Snow’s efforts to help him believe; and at the delightful illustrations by the author. (All the Northern Canadian animals are dressed in sweaters and vests that reminded me of Nordic designs.) This is a magical book that will bring joy to all who read it. The text is large and consistent so it will be easy for experienced readers to read on their own and for early readers to follow along.