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

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

by Thea Feldman, Erwin Madrid
     
 

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

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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!

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times

Rudolph is actually doing better as it ages.
MovieReport.com

Still retains its charm and all-ages appeal decades after its original broadcasts.
Variety

Rudolph shines brightest in ratings . . . Rudolph dominated the night's opening hour.
The Washington Post

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

Rudolph glows ('like a light bulb!') for CBS.
Associated Press Staff

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.
Children's Literature - Lisa Czirr
The classic movie featuring Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is transformed into book format in this Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition. The story begins in Christmastown with the birth of Rudolph, whose nose shines so brightly that he’s teased and banned from the reindeer games. Sadly, this means he is also excluded from his dream of pulling Santa’s sleigh. Another story is introduced, in Hermey the elf, who dreams of becoming a dentist instead of being a toymaker. These two misfits meet up with the prospector Yukon Cornelius and survive a close encounter with the Abominable Snow Monster. Unfortunately, Rudolph’s nose continues to attract the monster, prompting the little reindeer to run off alone. After a long time on the run, Rudolph returns home to find that the monster has kidnapped his parents and reindeer friend Clarice. With his own bravery and some help from his friends, Rudolph saves the day. Reimagining a story in another medium can be challenging, but this one succeeds. It smoothly retells the tale without losing its overall essence, making it ideal for a holiday themed read-aloud. The illustrations are very enticing and vivid, with a bright, modern appearance. The story’s message about the importance of those who are “different” is timeless and essential for all children to learn. Reviewer: Lisa Czirr; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
10/01/2014
PreS-Gr 3—Based on the animated cartoon classic, this prose picture book about self-acceptance features Rudolph, along with his pals Hermey, the elf who dreams of becoming a dentist, and Yukon Cornelius, a prospector. They escape an Abominable Snow Monster, and end up on the Island of Misfit Toys. After several hair-raising adventures they return to Christmastown and this time, despite their differences, are all welcomed back to the fold. All of this action nearly eclipses the reindeer's famous foggy ride with Santa, but not quite. First stop? The Island of Misfit Toys.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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:
09/09/2014
Series:
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
589,302
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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