Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Classic Story: Deluxe 50th-Anniversary Edition

Overview

The Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer television special first aired on NBC December 6, 1964. Fifty years later, it has become a beloved Christmas classic—capturing the heart and wonder of generations of fans.

Here is the complete story from the classic TV show, gloriously illustrated in full color and in an elegant gift book edition. Perfect for reading aloud!

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Overview

The Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer television special first aired on NBC December 6, 1964. Fifty years later, it has become a beloved Christmas classic—capturing the heart and wonder of generations of fans.

Here is the complete story from the classic TV show, gloriously illustrated in full color and in an elegant gift book edition. Perfect for reading aloud!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Fans of the TV special will be drawn to this edition of the beloved story." —Kirkus Reviews

"Rudolph is actually doing better as it ages." —The New York Times

"Still retains its charm and all-ages appeal decades after its original broadcasts." —MovieReport.com

"Rudolph shines brightest in ratings . . . Rudolph dominated the night's opening hour." —Variety

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer clocked nearly 13 million viewers, which is 4% better than last year—and that's no small feat." —The Washington Post

"Rudolph glows ('like a light bulb!') for CBS." —Entertainment Weekly

"CBS's traditional airing of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer scored 12.2 million viewers last week, beating out all other holiday fare of grinches, Santas, country carolers and tree lightings, Nielsen said." —Associated Press

Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-12
The version of the holiday story that has been shown on television for the past 50 years is the basis for this interpretation of Rudolph's tale. Most of the elements of the story everybody knows already are here. As a young reindeer, Rudolph doesn't fit in due to his glowing nose, and he befriends Hermey, an elf who doesn't fit in because he wants to be a dentist rather than an assistant to Santa. They set off together and avoid capture by the Abominable Snow Monster with the help of a woodsman named Yukon and his sled-dog team. The rather lengthy text rushes through the plot of the TV special, and there are a few plot developments that are solved without motivation, such as the Abominable Snow Monster's sudden transformation from enemy to friend. Bright, hard-edged illustrations reflect the animated origins of this version, bearing a flattened appearance, as though a TV image had been captured for reference. Rudolph, Hermey and Santa are attractive characters, and the Abominable Snow Monster offers just a touch of scary menace to be overcome. There's a none-too-subtle message about accepting those who are different, whether a reindeer with a red nose, a dentally minded elf or residents of the Island of Misfit Toys. Rudolph uses his special red nose to guide the sleigh team, but that accomplishment is curiously downplayed at the conclusion. Fans of the TV special will be drawn to this edition of the beloved story; others may want to check out the new interpretation of the original story by Robert L. May, publishing on Sept. 30, 2014. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250047601
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 9/9/2014
  • Series: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 424,402
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Thea Feldman has written many popular children’s books, including the My Readers about Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse, and Suryia and Roscoe and the other books from the TIGERS Preserve (Holt). A former children’s book editor, she lives in New York City.

Erwin Madrid was born in the Philippines and grew up in San Jose, California. Erwin earned his BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. During his last semester of college, Erwin was hired by PDI/DreamWorks Animation, where he contributed production illustrations for the animated feature film Shrek 2. He later became a visual development artist for the ongoing Shrek franchise and the Madagascar sequel. Erwin has also done conceptual art for the video game industry for titles like Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. In his spare time, Erwin travels and paints whenever he has a chance. He currently lives in the Bay Area, where he continues to provide concept art for the entertainment industry.

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