Illustrated throughout with stunning watercolor nightscapes of snowy winter scenes, Santa’s Book of Names depicts all the warmth and spirit of this special time of year in a story about a young boy who learns to read with Santa’s help. David McPhail’s inspirational holiday story emphasizes the importance of literacy while reminding readers that with patience and practice, you can achieve just about anything.
This book has some pretty lovely illustrations in it. I like that the boy does what he can to help Santa and has an idea for how to get Santa's book back and goes for it. He even learns to read so that he can help when Santa's in a bind, though it seemed a little far-fetched.
This book is a bit long, but totally worth it to experience Edward's role as Santa's helper and the confidence and skills he gains when Santa needs him most. The illustrations are gorgeous and demonstrative and all of the characters are relatable and realistic, while still being part of a story that's sparkling with ordinary and extraordinary Christmas magic!
David McPhail is the acclaimed author and illustrator of more than one hundred and fifty books, including Henry Bear’s Park (Atheneum), Mole Music (Holt), and the beloved Pig Pig series (Dutton). He lives in Rye, New Hampshire.
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