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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“This is the sweetest, funniest, cleverest piece of whimsy . . .”—USA Today


“This is the sweetest, funniest, cleverest piece of whimsy . . .”—USA Today

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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Ancient carvings by the Inuit and modern-day photography show visual evidence of flying reindeer, while interviews and historical documents record first-hand encounters with these wonderful creatures.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

Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
Edition description:
15th Anniversary Edition
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

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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Flight of the Reindeer: The True Story of Santa Claus and His Christmas Mission 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a true book on how reindeer actully fly and on santa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great Book fun for all great for kids. It makes you think you gota BELEAVE!