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Children's LiteratureThe weatherman says there'll be snow on Christmas Eve. Of course Santa wants Rudolph to guide his sleigh. The other reindeer, jealous of Rudolph, are very mean to him. Rudolph worries, weeps, whines and feels so sorry for himself that his nose stops shining. Without his glowing nose, Rudolph decides that he is no longer of any use and runs away. Miles and miles from the North Pole, Rudolph comes upon a strange sight-hundreds of rabbits crying and calling for two of their children who are lost in the forest. Forgetting that he no longer has a shiny nose to help him find his way, Rudolph dashes into the dark woods. No matter! Rudolph's nose may not shine, but it is still a good sniffer, and he still has sharp ears. Rudolph finds the lost bunnies and carries them home to a joyous reunion with their family. Does it come as any surprise that Rudolph realizes that even with a dull nose he can help Santa? He speedily returns to the North Pole-even though there is the heaviest snowstorm and fog of the season. How is that possible? Young readers will easily come up with the reason. Predictably once Rudolph stops thinking of himself-and weeping and whining, the light in his nose has again started shining!" A sequel to the original story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer written in 1939. The first story became a classic; it is unlikely that this one will. 2003, Penguin Young Readers Group/Grosset and Dunlap, Ages 3 to 7.
— Anita Barnes Lowen