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Title:
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
Author:
May, Robert L. (Robert Lewis), 1905-1976.
Edition:
First Little Simon hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little Simon, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Summary:
Although the other reindeer laugh at him because of his bright red nose, Rudolph proves his worth when he is chosen to lead Santa Claus' sleigh on a foggy night.
General Note:
Originally published in Chicago by Montgomery Ward in 1939.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781442474956
Format :
Book

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The original story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer--written in verse by his creator, Robert L. May--now with charming new illustrations!

Every year at Christmastime, everyone--young and old alike--has one catchy, joy-inspiring song stuck in their heads: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!" Now fans of the most famous reindeer of all-time can fall in love with the original story, written by Robert L. May in 1939.

Rudolph, a youthful reindeer buck who possesses an unusual luminous red nose, is harassed mercilessly and excluded by his peers because of this trait. One particularly stormy Christmas Eve, Rudolph manages to prove himself after Santa Claus catches sight of his nose and asks him to lead his sleigh for the evening. Rudolph agrees, saving Christmas, and is finally treated the way he deserves by his fellow reindeer!


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The original Rudolph story-as written by the late May for a booklet published in 1939 by retailer Montgomery Ward-enjoys a vivid revival in this 75th-anniversary adaptation. The story, more expansive than the omnipresent Christmas carol, gives Caparo plenty of room to exercise his artistic talents. After being teased by the other reindeer, Rudolph settles into his bedroom, buried under thick quilts and looking forward to gifts from Santa. May's rhymes hold up well to contemporary ears ("And Santa was right, as he usually is./ The fog was as thick as a soda's white fizz"), and after Santa struggles to deliver gifts amid inclement weather, he happily happens upon Rudolph's home and enlists his help. Caparo's wintry spreads, swirled with starlight, have a cinematic richness-a sense of wonder and surprise permeate this whimsical retelling. Ages 4-6. Illustrator's agency: Shannon Associates. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Written in 1939 for Montgomery Ward department stores, this is the original story that created an icon and inspired the classic song. Told in the style of Clement Clarke Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas," Rudolph of the glowing red nose is teased by the other deer, only taking comfort in the coming of Santa. "He'd get just as much (and this is what pleased him) as the happier, handsomer reindeer who teased him." On Christmas Eve, with a foggy night causing mishaps and endangering his mission, Santa turns to Rudolph to save the day. While not indicated, this version of May's story has been adapted somewhat, with several couplets removed and some changes to words and phrases. This modernizes and streamlines the text, but also affects the richness of the language. The large trim size and many spreads make this a fun and easy choice for families and Rudolph fans to share.-Brooke Sheets, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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The delightful feel of the original is kept and while reading, it becomes clear why this story has become a cherished part of every Christmas. (Feathered Quill, August 29, 2012) Excerpted from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.