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Title:
Santa who?
Author:
Gibbons, Gail.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Morrow Junior Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
28 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Describes the origins and evolution of Santa Claus, from the Turkish Saint Nicholas to the jolly, red-suited Santa of today. Also discusses similar legendary figures in other cultures.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 830 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.5 0.5 54765.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.1 2 Quiz: 19510 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780688155285

9780688155292
Format :
Book

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The author/illustrator of Behold . . . the Dragons and The Honey Makers describes the origins and evolution of Santa Claus, from the Turkish Saint Nicholas to the jolly, red-suited Santa of today. Full color.


Author Notes

Gail Gibbons was born in 1944 in Oak Park, Illinois. She received a degree in graphic design from the University of Illinois. She got a job doing artwork for television shows in New York City. She was eventually offered a job creating art for a children's show, where some of the children asked her if she had ever considered doing a children's books. Her first book, Willy and His Wheel Wagon, was published in 1975. Since then she has written and illustrated more than 170 non-fiction books for children including Nature's Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forests.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-9. Gibbons traces the legend of Santa Claus, showing how the image of the kind and jolly Christmas gift-giver has evolved across times and cultures, from the real Saint Nicholas to the legendary Sinter Cleas, who was brought to the U.S. by the early Dutch colonists. Then came the powerful images from the poem by Clement Clarke Moore ("`Twas the night before Christmas") and from cartoonist Thomas Nast, who pictured the round, smiling man answering children's letters in his workshop at the North Pole. Gibbons' writing is sometimes flat, and the information is more sophisticated than the jolly, greeting-card art; but, especially at holiday time, the history and stories will interest kids, who will enjoy the merry pictures framed in colorful ribbons and bordered with seasonal ornaments, holly, and mistletoe. --Hazel Rochman


Publisher's Weekly Review

Turning to the legend of Santa Claus, Gibbons locates its roots in the life of a fourth-century Catholic bishop from Myra (now Turkey), then traces its development down the centuries. The art, like the text, is on the pedestrian side of sprightly√Ąmildly jolly but superficial. Ages 5-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-With her typical thoroughness, Gibbons tells the story behind the legendary gift-giver and informs readers how he became the beloved symbol he is today. She traces the evolution from St. Nicholas of Myra to the modern-day Santa Claus and includes brief descriptions of similar figures found in other cultures. Watercolor, colored-pencil, and black-ink illustrations, done in the artist's trademark style, enhance the presentation. Chock-full of interesting Christmas trivia, this is the perfect book to use with youngsters who are wondering about Santa.-T.T. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.