The Man Who Could Be Santa

Author: Wolper, Joanna

Subjects: Christmas

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Grade: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-88092-765-9

Order code: 7659

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7659S

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Based on a true family adventure, this is the story of three children who suspect that their neighbor might be Santa Claus. The children, vacationing in Vermont with their grandparents, form a spy club to find out if the man who lives down the street with the long white beard, a belly that shakes like jelly, and a bunch of reindeer in his front yard is the same person who slides down their chimneys every Christmas. The story is told from the point of view of six-year-old Abby, who insists that she will believe in Santa Claus even when she is in “the hundredth grade.” This inter-generational tale celebrates old-fashioned family values with current, real characters and encourages people to put heart back in the holidays.

The author consulted with more than a hundred students in second-, third-, and fourth-grade classes in New York, New Jersey, and Utah to make certain that the dialogue was authentic.

The Man Who Could Be Santa has a wonderful interactive website that introduces the real-life characters who inspired the story and gives young readers' reactions: www.themanwhocouldbesanta.com

Review:

A delightful holiday story that will rekindle the excitement about the existence of Santa Claus. Children who read this book may look at their own neighbors and ponder the hidden identities behind their everyday personas. Is the UPS man Superman in disguise? Does the dental hygienist moonlight as the Tooth Fairy? This book with the small-town setting will inspire imagination and wonder for the spirit of Christmas.” – Shelly Becker, assistant librarian, Bridport, Vermont

Joanna Wolper is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer of television documentaries and entertainment shows. She has a master's degree in educational theater from New York University, and she wrote and directed a children’s series for ABC-TV: Our Special Kids. She has also produced features for the in-school Channel One Network and wrote a live show at the New York Public Library for the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum that honored the best young scientists in the world. She has written articles and columns for magazines, newspapers, and websites. Her essays have been reproduced in several college textbooks.

Based on a true family adventure, this is the story of three children who suspect that their neighbor might be Santa Claus. The children, vacationing in Vermont with their grandparents, form a spy club to find out if the man who lives down the street with the long white beard, a belly that shakes like jelly, and a bunch of reindeer in his front yard is the same person who slides down their chimneys every Christmas. The story is told from the point of view of six-year-old Abby, who insists that she will believe in Santa Claus even when she is in “the hundredth grade.” This inter-generational tale celebrates old-fashioned family values with current, real characters and encourages people to put heart back in the holidays.

The author consulted with more than a hundred students in second-, third-, and fourth-grade classes in New York, New Jersey, and Utah to make certain that the dialogue was authentic.

The Man Who Could Be Santa has a wonderful interactive website that introduces the real-life characters who inspired the story and gives young readers' reactions: www.themanwhocouldbesanta.com

Review:

A delightful holiday story that will rekindle the excitement about the existence of Santa Claus. Children who read this book may look at their own neighbors and ponder the hidden identities behind their everyday personas. Is the UPS man Superman in disguise? Does the dental hygienist moonlight as the Tooth Fairy? This book with the small-town setting will inspire imagination and wonder for the spirit of Christmas.” – Shelly Becker, assistant librarian, Bridport, Vermont

Joanna Wolper is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer of television documentaries and entertainment shows. She has a master's degree in educational theater from New York University, and she wrote and directed a children’s series for ABC-TV: Our Special Kids. She has also produced features for the in-school Channel One Network and wrote a live show at the New York Public Library for the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum that honored the best young scientists in the world. She has written articles and columns for magazines, newspapers, and websites. Her essays have been reproduced in several college textbooks.

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