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Hardcover Book Details
  • 09/2021
  • 9781737687009
  • 42 pages
  • $24.99
Becoming Santa: “Mom, Today at the Christmas Party, Tommy Said Santa Isn’t Real”
Every parent dreads the day, usually a few days before Christmas, when their child comes home in tears because someone at school has ruined the tradition of Santa for them. What do you say when your child questions the magic, the spirit, the existence of Santa? It's time to read a story that will change the way you handle the doubt.... a story that will change the way you console the tears.... a story that will make it okay to believe! Becoming Santa is a story that will change your child's life…. and yours. How do you go from that childhood belief like Buddy the Elf has, to answering that age old question of is Santa real? Just like the New York Sun newspaper editorial from September 21, 1897 answered the same question from a young girl in Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, so too does Becoming Santa answer the same question for Daniel, a young boy who is sad and confused about Santa right before Christmas. This is a children's Christmas book every parent and grandparent should have on hand for when the time comes, because we all know, sooner or later, it will. You'll be so glad you have this new classic in children's literature in your collection and we're sure the book and the spirit of love and generosity will be handed down for generations to come.
Reviews
When he starts to notice Santa comes in many different shapes and sizes, school-aged Daniel and his friends struggle to understand why in this coming-of-age tearjerker. Every Christmas since he was born, Daniel has been visited by Santa—who always kisses Daniel’s forehead while he sleeps, after leaving presents under the tree. But when his friend Tommy casts doubt on whether Santa is real, Daniel, filled with dread, turns to his mother for answers. She lovingly explains how Santa is a manifestation of that “wonderful, magical feeling you get deep down inside when you do something nice for someone” and helps Daniel learn how to become Santa himself, for others who need him.

Once he learns that the real meaning behind Christmas is “showing people how much you love them,” he is eager to pass on the affection. Daniel and his mother break open his piggy bank and purchase gifts for Tommy, anonymously leaving them on his front step on Christmas Eve. Daniel’s desire to lift up someone in distress is touching, made even more so when readers find out that Tommy’s family has recently split up–and see the magic and wonder felt by Tommy and his mother when they discover the gifts. Merritt’s emphasis on internalizing the Christmas spirit to help others is a valuable lesson for young readers, and adults will appreciate the creative assistance in explaining the complexities of Santa Claus to questioning children.

Bundoc’s brightly colored digital art fuses the narrative with an animated holiday atmosphere, complete with twinkling lights and warm Christmas scenery, while skillfully portraying the characters’ emotions. The story comes full circle in the end, with Santa visiting a grown-up Daniel and his family in a touching and sentimental conclusion–and readers will enjoy the link provided to create their own lists of who might need them to become Santas. This tender holiday narrative will be welcome on any Christmas bookshelf.

Takeaway: A child learns the moving truth about Santa and giving in this coming-of-age holiday tale.

Great for fans of: B.K. Gendron’s The (Wonderful) Truth About Santa, Martha Brockenbrough’s Love, Santa.

Production grades
Cover: A-
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Hardcover Book Details
  • 09/2021
  • 9781737687009
  • 42 pages
  • $24.99

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