Island Santa

Island Santa

by Sheryl McFarlane, Sheena Lott
     
 

Sam's sister, accompanied by their father, is in a city hospital, far away from their home on a remote island off the West Coast. Determined to be with his family for Christmas, Sam catches a ride on a Santa Boat, a vessel that brings Santa Claus to visit children along the coast. Before Sam is finally delivered to the city, he will become a seasoned deckhand and

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Sam's sister, accompanied by their father, is in a city hospital, far away from their home on a remote island off the West Coast. Determined to be with his family for Christmas, Sam catches a ride on a Santa Boat, a vessel that brings Santa Claus to visit children along the coast. Before Sam is finally delivered to the city, he will become a seasoned deckhand and Santa's helper. And he will know what it is to bring happiness to others at Christmas, a present he will be able to share with his sister, who is waiting for him. In this beautiful picturebook, a distinguished author and illustrator team up to pay tribute to Kaare Norgaard, who annually transformed his ship, the Blue Fjord, into a floating sleigh that delivered Christmas gifts to island children who would otherwise do without.

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"A tender story about the importance of giving...Simple but moving..The illustrations are soft, almost misty, like memory, and their tone is nostalgic and inviting. The book is likely to bring comfort and security to children and families facing a medical crisis, particularly around the holidays...A small but strong book about compassionate action."
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
This dramatic story takes place off the coast of British Columbia. Sam's younger sister, Sophie, is ill and is taken by water taxi, along with their father, to a hospital and recuperative facility named Janeece Place on Vancouver Island. Sam and his Gran gather with others to wave at the "Santa boat," which delivers presents to children on the islands. The skipper offers to take Sam to see his sister, if he will help deliver presents along the way. Sam accepts, helps by sorting presents for each stop, and learns to make balloon animals. On their stops children line up to see Santa and to see Sam make balloon dogs. After visits to other islands, they spend the night on the boat. The next morning they awake to a gale. The illustrations show a tipping boat and seals watching from nearby stones. When the storm dies, they make up time with help from the strong tides and finally arrive at Sam's destination. A taxi delivers him to Dad and Sophie at Jeneece Place where Sam gives Sophie a balloon dog. Beautiful watercolor illustrations add to the story. End notes tell of a young girl, Jeneece, who raised money to create Janeece Place and of Kaare Norgaard, who delivered gifts to coastal children. Christmas love is shown through courage and determination. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780988053601
Publisher:
Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children
Publication date:
11/01/2012
Pages:
32
Lexile:
590L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 Years

Read an Excerpt


Another island and another bay...

Our hands stiffen from the cold. Santa doles out presents,

chuckles when his stomach is poked, and listens

One girl asks for a baby brother. A boy wants a teddy bear

for his sister, who is home with the flu.

Meet the Author

Sheryl McFarlane is the author of several award-winning books for young readers. A former teacher, Sheryl lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.sherylbooks.wordpress.com. Follow her on Twitter @sherylbooks.

Sheena Lott has illustrated several children's books. She also exhibits her paintings across North America and her work can be found in corporate and private collections throughout the world. Sheena works from her home studio in Sidney on Vancouver Island BC. For more information, visit www.sheenalott.com.

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