Flight of the Reindeer: The True Story of Santa Claus and His Christmas Mission

Flight of the Reindeer: The True Story of Santa Claus and His Christmas Mission

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by Robert Sullivan, Glenn Wolff
     
 

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Children have believed the legend forever: On one special evening each year a jolly old elf (with a taste for red suits) and eight tiny reindeer (plus one with a red nose) fly all night long to deliver gifts around the world. The fact is, solid evidence abounds - from scientists, historians, Arctic explorers and other experts - that this is not a legend at all, and… See more details below

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Children have believed the legend forever: On one special evening each year a jolly old elf (with a taste for red suits) and eight tiny reindeer (plus one with a red nose) fly all night long to deliver gifts around the world. The fact is, solid evidence abounds - from scientists, historians, Arctic explorers and other experts - that this is not a legend at all, and that the children have been right all along. In Flight of the Reindeer, Robert Sullivan has gathered a wealth of evidence, including photos, illustrations and eyewitness accounts, both old and new, to present the wonderous story of The Christmas Mission.

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Children's Literature - Leah Hanson
Every December 24th, much of the world—young and old alike—looks to the skies, hoping for a glimpse of that magical sleigh pulled by tiny reindeer. In this well-researched compendium of fact, legend, photographs, drawings, and ancient artifacts, readers learn the science and history behind those flying reindeer. Voiced by an anonymous narrator, one can imagine a cozy evening by the fireside, listening to fantastical tales and adventures of one who has seen amazing things. Our guide takes us on a journey back in time and around the world, sharing insights from historians, scientists, explorers, and Santa's elite group of Helpers. Ancient carvings by the Inuit and modern-day photography show visual evidence of flying reindeer, while interviews and historical documents record first-hand encounters with these wonderful creatures. Scientific explanations of reindeer anatomy, maps of Santa's route, and diagrams of the sleigh lend further credibility to the question to which we all seek an answer: how does Santa do it? Much like the popular Ology books (Pirateology, Oceanology, and the like), Sullivan uses the nonfiction medium of an encyclopedia-like book to investigate the mythology surrounding the legend of Santa Claus and his flying reindeer. While perhaps more amusing for an adult audience who will understand the wry humor, photographic mash-ups, and "interviews" the author conducted, younger readers will pour over the illustrations and charts. And for all those who believe, this is a truly magical addition to any holiday library. Reviewer: Leah Hanson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620879849
Publisher:
Sky Pony Press
Publication date:
11/06/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
854,645
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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