How Santa Got His Job

How Santa Got His Job

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by Stephen Krensky, S.D. Schindler, Steven D. Schindler
     
 

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If you think Santa Claus came into the world sporting a red suit and a white beard, think again. Santa wasn't always the jolly, overweight, gift-giving fellow that we now know and love. He tried his hand at all sorts of different jobs, including postal worker, zookeeper, circus performer, and even chimney sweep, but each of these presented a problem that got in his

Overview

If you think Santa Claus came into the world sporting a red suit and a white beard, think again. Santa wasn't always the jolly, overweight, gift-giving fellow that we now know and love. He tried his hand at all sorts of different jobs, including postal worker, zookeeper, circus performer, and even chimney sweep, but each of these presented a problem that got in his way. It wasn't until he was lucky enough to meet a friendly bunch of elves that Santa found his true calling...and the job of his dreams.
Stephen Krensky's understated text and S. D. Schindler's charming illustrations come together to create an imaginative and funny tale that proves even the best of us have to try, try again.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2--A contemporary, funny, and truly original look at how Santa Claus acquired all the skills that have made him the great success he is today. As a young man, Santa wants no part of desks or offices. His first job is cleaning chimneys, and he is so good at getting up and down them that he never gets dirty. His second position is with the post office, delivering packages--but people dislike his zeal when he continues delivering into the night. Later, he cooks at an all-night diner (he gains a lot of weight), works at the zoo (he loves the reindeer best), and does a stint with the circus, where he meets elves who live "out of town and need someone to deliver toys." And, of course, the rest is history. Children will love the clever way in which the story builds, showing how Santa's diverse background prepared him perfectly for his Christmas Eve duties. Schindler's amusing, detailed ink drawings include full-page and half-page spreads, and are sometimes set in a white box against a background of want-ad newsprint, also featured on the endpapers. Krensky's spare text makes brilliant use of every word. A jolly choice for reading aloud during the holidays or as a spoof during career-study time.--LF

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689806971
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,112,974
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD380L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Stephen Krensky is the author of more than a hundred books for children, including How Santa Got His Job (an ALA Notable Book) and Big Bad Wolves at School. He and his wife, Joan, live in Lexington, Massachusetts. You can visit him at StephenKrensky.com.

S. D. Schindler is the popular and versatile illustrator of many books for children, including Big Pumpkin and the ALA Notable Book Don't Fidget a Feather, both by Erica Silverman, How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky, and Johnny Appleseed by Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benét. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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How Santa Got His Job 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I firt heard this book at an adult Christmas luncheon and bourght it to read at our family gathering on Christmas day with great grands to 2yr. From tots to grands, this book is fun to read, especially aloud. The subtle elements of each event in Santa's search for the right job willmake the "elders" smile (from personal memories) and the children laugh. Might even be a great way to share your family's story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a great book to read....... you'll never want to put it down!