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

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Children have believed the legend forever: On one evening each year a jolly old elf and eight reindeer fly all night long to deliver gifts around the world. The fact is, solid evidence abounds. Robert Sullivan, a senior editor at Life magazine, diligently gathered documentation from scientists, historians, zoologists, and Arctic explorers to prove that Santa is not just a myth. First, the reindeer: Do they really fly? “We used to think it was just extended leaping,” says Tony Vecchio, director of the Roger ...

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Overview

Children have believed the legend forever: On one evening each year a jolly old elf and eight reindeer fly all night long to deliver gifts around the world. The fact is, solid evidence abounds. Robert Sullivan, a senior editor at Life magazine, diligently gathered documentation from scientists, historians, zoologists, and Arctic explorers to prove that Santa is not just a myth. First, the reindeer: Do they really fly? “We used to think it was just extended leaping,” says Tony Vecchio, director of the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. “But recent evidence has confirmed that it is true flight.” And Santa Claus? “He’s just as real as the gifts he brings,” reports Will Steger, the famed Arctic explorer. The gorgeous illustrations, convincing photos, and charming text make this book a special holiday gift.

Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus, And eight tiny reindeer (plus one with a red nose). And they can fly. With the expertise of some of the world's most renowned Arctic experts, wildlife biologists, historians, and polar explorers, and with authentic photographs and illustrations, Robert Sullivan offers proof positive that Santa and his team do indeed exist. 100 color illustrations.

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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
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Scientists and other experts (and children, the truest of believers) claim that Santa Claus is real. This intriguing collection of photos and eyewitness accounts help you determine if reindeer really can fly and if the legend of Santa Claus is more than a holiday tale. 9 1/2" x 11 3/4". Color illustrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616081515
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/8/2010
  • Edition description: 15th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 15
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,373,316
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Sullivan
Robert Sullivan is a senior editor with Life magazine and has written on natural history, Santalogy and Arctic topics for a variety of magazines. Glenn Wolff's nature drawings appear regularly in The New York Times and have graced several books, including It's Raining Frogs and Fishes. J. Porter, who served as art director of Flight of the Reindeer, is the award-winning art director of Yankee magazine.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Reindeer by the River: It Was a Wondrous Thing.

PART ONE: The Echo of Hooves: Searching for Yesteryear's Deer.

PART TWO: The North Pole Today: On the Roof of the World.

PART THREE: The Miracle of Reindeer Flight: Mysteries Explained, Science Revealed.

PART FOUR: Eight Tiny Reindeer (Plus One): Santa's Starting Team and His Helpers.

Afterword: Like Down on a Thistle, Evermore: Work That Never Ends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    Awesome book

    This is a true book on how reindeer actully fly and on santa

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    I purchased this book for my daughter who was beginning to quest

    I purchased this book for my daughter who was beginning to question the existence of Santa because of classmates telling her. ..HE IS NOT REAL!!!!!  To my delight she could not wait to bring the book to school to show her friends and PROVE TO THEM he was real.  She was 6 at the time.   I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK for anyone whose child is on that......I don't believe in Santa anymore place...... Or have friends telling them Santa isn't task

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2001

    My Favorite Christmas Book

    You will believe in flying reindeer and Santa after you've read this wonderful book. It's written as a research book and has historical and scientific documentation (photographs, expert commentary, etc.) to prove Santa exists, reindeer fly. I love it so much I've given it as a gift to others who also loved it. You'll learn where Santa came from and hear testimony of those who've met him or spoken to him. I'd give this book 10 stars if I could.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2000

    You gota read this!!

    A great Book fun for all great for kids. It makes you think you gota BELEAVE!

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