The Great Reindeer Rebellion

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Overview

'Twas the week before Christmas, and somewhere up north,
dear Santa was frantic-he paced back and forth.
He had just heard some news that he sure didn't like:
it seemed that the reindeer were going on STRIKE!"

 
Oh, no! There's trouble brewing in the North Pole: Santa's reindeer have gone on strike and he's auditioning other animals to ...
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Overview

'Twas the week before Christmas, and somewhere up north,
dear Santa was frantic-he paced back and forth.
He had just heard some news that he sure didn't like:
it seemed that the reindeer were going on STRIKE!"

 
Oh, no! There's trouble brewing in the North Pole: Santa's reindeer have gone on strike and he's auditioning other animals to take their place. But when the cats abandon station to chase some mice and the elephants fall through the roof, what's Santa to do? Will his eight trusty reindeer ever fly again? This playful take on “The Night Before Christmas” gives kids a fun behind-the-scenes peek into Santa's workshop.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3–In this riff on the classic Christmas chestnut (“’Twas the week before Christmas”), those eight wacky reindeer (no Rudolph in this outing) have decided to go on strike. Santa has no choice but to hold auditions for new sleigh-pulling critters (it never occurs to him to ask about the reindeers’ grievances). Dogs and cats are too easily distracted, flamingos are too wobbly, elephants are too heavy, and evidently kangaroos are too… um, acquisitive. Fortunately, the reindeer return to save the day, armed with their list of demands: whirlpool and sauna, real beds, and cable. Santa agrees and Christmas is saved. Colorful digitally created cartoons include fun details. Ho-ho-hum silliness.–Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Santa's reindeer have had it with their stressful working conditions, so they unionize to demand better pay and lighter loads. Santa decides to solve his labor shortage by posting ads and hiring some other sort of animal to do the heavy lifting. He tries dogs, cats, flamingos, kangaroos and elephants before deciding that the reindeer really do the best job. Santa promises them all sorts of perks-a whirlpool and cable television, for example-and he and the reindeer sign a lifetime contract (without legal representation, it must be noted). The rhyming text has a singsong rhythm and doesn't always scan, but Ho's characters are appealing and stand out-literally-with a raised texture on the heavy, coated-paper pages. The concept of collective bargaining brings an educational aspect to a mildly amusing story. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781454913566
  • Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 269,735
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Lisa Trumbauer authored more than 50 children's books, including The Haunted Ghoul Bus (Sterling), the New York Times bestseller A Practical Guide to Dragons (Mirrorstone), and The Body in Motion (Chelsea Clubhouse).
 
Jannie Ho worked as a designer at Scholastic and Nickelodeon, and as an associate art director at Time Magazine for Kids, before becoming a full-time illustrator of books for young readers. Visit Jannie online at chickengirldesign.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Very cute book.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    sweet and funny

    my grandaughter loved it!

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  • Posted December 23, 2010

    Very funny, cute book!

    My son loved this book. Very cute story, animated & funny! If you're not sure about the book I would highly recommend it...my son is 5 & loved it & wants me to read it to him over & over. :)

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  • Posted December 24, 2009

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    The Great Reindeer Rebellion

    Trumbauer, L. (2009). The Great Reindeer Rebellion. New York: Sterling.

    9781402744624

    Appetizer: When Santa's reindeer go on strike, he looks for replacement sleigh pullers. But it seems reindeer may be the best animals for the job.

    The Great Reindeer Rebellion follows the form of The Night Before Christmas to share the story. It's illustrations are colorful and child-friendly, featuring a lot of animals with cute expressions.

    When I first picked up The Great Reindeer Rebellion, I assumed by its size and the thickness of the pages that it was a pop-up book. So, I was kinda disappointed when I discovered that it wasn't. The pages are textured, with characters raised against the page. So, young readers may want to trace the animals on each page.


    Dinner Conversation:

    "'Twas the week before Christmas,
    and somewhere up North,
    dear Santa was frantic-
    he paced back and forth.

    He had just heard some news
    that he sure didn't like:
    It seemed that the reindeer
    were going on strike."


    "So Santa decided,
    "That's fine! Be that way!
    I'm sure I'll find others
    who will pull my sleigh."


    "Flamingos!" he summoned,
    "It's your turn, let's go!"
    And I must say your pink
    looks divine in the snow."


    To Go with the Meal:

    The Click Clack Moo: Cows that type of the Christmas season, The Great Reindeer Rebellion is a fun read aloud for a teacher to share with students.

    For activities, a teacher could have students draw want-ads for new sleigh pullers. Student could also vote for their favorite sleigh puller of the animals that answer the ads in the book. A teacher could encourage young kids to call out and names the animals pictured on each page, before reading the text.

    If a teacher wanted to get a lesson out of the book, a teacher could discuss treating friends (or group members) fairly and trying to talk-out problems.


    Tasty Rating: !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2009

    Horrible Message

    I read this book at a BN store and was stunned that it would published for children. The story sends a horrible message. Instead of using Santa and his helpers to illustrate a story highlighting a strong work ethic, it tells kids to refuse to work if you are not being "spoiled" by your employer and not to come back until you are given "luxuries" like a sauna and hot tub! Some may think I'm being too sensitive but I can't find one positive message in the story.
    Other than that, the illustrations are cute!

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