Children's LiteratureThe illustrations are crisp photographs superimposed on colorful, geometric graphics, belying the parentage of this bookthe flyleaf informs us that the creators hail from the worlds of business and marketing. The story answers the age-old question of why all those Santas in department stores and outside ringing bells look different. It turns out that one cold winter a bird neglected to fly south, and took refuge in Santa's beard. Once settled, the enterprising bird built a nest and laid eggs (quite a feat since any prospective mates had already skedaddled to warmer climes). So as not to disturb the young hatchlings, Santa asked his buddies to stand in for him before Christmas, meeting the children. By Christmas Eve, the baby birds were old enough to withstand moving their nest to a yule tree, so Santa was able to deliver the presents himself. A useful fable, but not entirely convincing. 2004, Mitten Press, Ages 4 to 8.
Dr. Judy Rowen