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Title:
The animals' Santa
Author:
Brett, Jan, 1949- , author, illustrator.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 31 cm
Summary:
"A rabbit named Little Snow is celebrating his first Christmas, and after all the forest animals tell him about the animals' Santa, he is excited to wake up on Christmas morning to find his own surprise"--
General Note:
Cover title.

Chiefly illustrations.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 630 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780399257841
Format :
Book

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When Big Snowshoe tells Little Snow that the animals Santa is coming with presents for everyone, Little Snow wants to know who he is. The animals say they have never seen him. Maybe he's a badger, a moose, a polar bear, or a wolf, they tell him. But this spunky little rabbit thinks they are just fooling him. On Christmas Eve, Big Snowshoe finds a way to see the animals' Santa when a Snowy Owl in a red cap swoops down with a pack full of presents. Never again will an excited Little Snow doubt that there is an animals' Santa.


Author Notes

Bestselling children's book author and illustrator Jan Brett was born on December 1, 1949. She decided to be an illustrator when she was a child and is known for her detailed and carefully-researched work.

Brett grew up in New England and attended the Boston Museum School. Her books have received much acclaim by publications including Newsweek, The New Yorker, Parents magazine, Redbook, and Publishers Weekly. In 2005 Brett earned the Boston Public Library's Lifetime Achievement Award. Her book Three Little Dassies was published in 2010 and made the New York Times bestseller list. Other of her works that have made the New York Times best seller list are: Home for Christmas 2011, Mossy 2012, Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella., 2014 The Animal's Santa.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This entertaining holiday story reveals how the forest animals receive their Christmas gifts. A young snowshoe hare, celebrating his first Christmas, is told that the animals' Santa will be delivering presents that night. Little Snow is skeptical since no one has ever seen this Santa and there are no footprints, sounds, or other signs of his visits. Then, presents rain down from above and he catches sight of the benefactor. Brett's signature meticulously detailed watercolor-and-gouache illustrations are eye-catching. On either side of the main paintings appear small, intricately designed Native American-style quillwork frames containing owl-shaped inserts with pictures of lemming elves busily making presents. Whether or not children have ever questioned if wild animals celebrate Christmas, this satisfying story will spark their imaginations and add to their holiday pleasure.--Owen, Maryann Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

As she did in 1996's The Mitten, Brett evokes a wintry landscape filled with animals, distinguished by her signature level of meticulous detail. On his first Christmas Eve, Little Snow, a rabbit in a North Canadian forest, voices skepticism about the existence of the "animals' Santa." After all, no other animals have seen him or spotted his tracks in the snow. Even Little Snow's friends' descriptions of gifts Santa has left for them don't persuade Little Snow, who complains, "I think you are fooling me." As the animals speculate on Santa's identity, lemming "elves" are busy in sidebar panels, making birch bark drums, pinecone animals, and other gifts. Native American artwork created with porcupine quills inspired the distinctive patterns that frame these border scenes. The dramatic arrival of Santa-an exquisite snowy owl-is well worth the wait. Ages 3-5. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-The woodland denizens of a northern Canadian forest can't wait for Christmas, because that's when their Santa secretly leaves gifts (heart-shaped stones, bells, acorns, and the like) for everyone.  Big Snowshoe the rabbit is absolutely convinced of Santa's existence; Little Snow, his younger brother, is a bit more skeptical, and nothing Big Snowshoe or the other animals say as they decorate a Christmas tree make him feel any differently. Side panels on each page show lemming elves creating the various gifts.  A minor accident on the frozen stream gives Big Snowshoe the idea to hang ice crystals on twigs, and the sound they make alerts everyone to the appearance of Santa, who is a snowy owl.  As usual, Brett's illustrations are the highlight-lush and magical, filled with whimsical details that will reward repeated viewings.  The story itself is adequate (though the twist in which the predator delivers gifts to his normal prey is ingenious) and could play a part in a nonreligious holiday program.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.