PPBF: Little Santa

Author/Illustrator: John Agee
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2013
Age Level: 3-5 (says Amazon – but I’d put that up to 8)
Themes: young Santa, North Pole
Opening: In the North Pole, in a little cabin, lived Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their seven children, Larry, Mary, Willy, Millie, Joey, Zoe, and Santa.
Summary: (From Amazon) Little Santa loves the North Pole. The rest of his family?  Not so much. So, when they decide to move to Florida, Santa is miserable. Lucky for him, a blizzard foils their plans. The only way out of the house is up the chimney. Up goes Santa, to look for help, and along the way, he meets a reindeer and a large group of elves, who are more than eager to join in the rescue!


Why I like this book: Simplicity, both in the illustrations and in the storytelling. His frowning family helps the reader identify with this cold and snow loving character in a red suit all the more. I could easily imagine where the story was going, yet I was excited at every page turn! And I know my dear friend Penny Klosterman just reviewed this last week, but I wrote this up weeks ago and it IS THAT GOOD – so pooh! And since there is no PPBF today, it won’t harm anyone!

Resources/Activities: Christmas books are not found in too many classrooms anymore. Debatable, but I believe too much political correctness wipes us clean of culture. But this is one that should be shared for ideas alone, especially good for kids who begin to ask why – and don’t stop! This could be a great lead-in to help kids come up with story ideas: imagine how any cultural figure, mythical or otherwise, started out.

No new ones today, but for other Perfect Picture Book picks with activity resources, go to Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog – HERE 

21 thoughts on “PPBF: Little Santa

  1. It’s fun to see this book twice! I’m with you — it looks that cute! I’ve got it on my wish list and am curious to see how they accomplish the rescue. And it’s got me thinking about Lassie and Rin Tin Tin as pups.


  2. I absolutely LOVE this story, Julie! I’m glad you put it up again…a great reminder to me to try to get a copy…I know my grandson will want to hear it! Great review and activity idea…and I agree about the foolishness of politically correct. 🙂
    Hope your Thanksgiving was lovely…we cooked all morning and ate all afternoon…what fun!


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