Santa's Last Present

Overview

A humorous and touching story about the magic of Christmas.

Julien’s parents talk about Father Christmas endlessly, but he doesn’t believe in him any more. Nevertheless he humours his parents and writes Father Christmas a letter asking for a video games console, just like his cousin Patrick’s. His parents think it might be a bit expensive, but Julien is sure Father Christmas can cover it. Sure enough, on Christmas morning, with his mother and ...
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Overview

A humorous and touching story about the magic of Christmas.

Julien’s parents talk about Father Christmas endlessly, but he doesn’t believe in him any more. Nevertheless he humours his parents and writes Father Christmas a letter asking for a video games console, just like his cousin Patrick’s. His parents think it might be a bit expensive, but Julien is sure Father Christmas can cover it. Sure enough, on Christmas morning, with his mother and father feigning surprise, there it is. Then his mother spots another parcel under the tree. It doesn’t look very exciting and no one knows where it’s come from. Julien tears the wrapping off and is delighted with what he finds.

Julian is only pretending to believe in Father Christmas for one more year to please his parents, until he discovers a very special present under the Christmas tree.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
You're never too old to experience the magic of Christmas. So goes the resonant theme in this stocking stuffer-size gift book. Justin thinks he's too old for Santa, but to humor his parents, he pretends to believe in him, just one last year. A very special present left under the tree-one that Justin didn't request-makes the boy and his parents converts for life. Blake's (Clown) relaxed and wiry-lined watercolors do much to convey a heartfelt turning point in a boy's childhood. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Although he no longer believes in Santa, Julian writes a letter to him in order to placate his parents. He receives the wished-for video-game system, but ends up preferring a little wooden steam engine that mysteriously appears under the tree. Because he isn't certain if the train is really meant for him, Julian becomes worried that Santa will take it back the following Christmas. However, the next year, Santa not only lets him keep the toy, but provides four shiny boxcars as well. The story is charmingly told, but some children may be a bit puzzled by Julian's adoration of the train. Blake's colorful cartoons are as appealing as ever. The small trim size and cream-colored pages go well with the quiet story, making this a good choice for libraries that have plenty of big, jolly Christmas books and want some more thoughtful fare.-E. M. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Julian is a boy of seven or eight who doesn't really believe in Santa any more, though he plays along to please his parents. On Christmas morning he receives an extra present under the tree, one that surprises both Julian and his parents. He finds a toy train engine with life-like eyes that can shine in the dark, and it becomes Julian's favorite toy through the following year. During the next Christmas season, Julian isn't sure what to believe: he writes a note to Santa telling him that his parents will now provide the gifts, but Julian also leaves the train engine under the tree with a note to return it to Santa, since Julian feels it was probably left in error the year before. On Christmas morning, Julian is amazed to find three rainbow-hued train cars attached to his toy engine, and his faith in Santa is restored through this last, special gift. Blake's loose watercolor-and-ink illustrations and the volume's small size complement the whimsical nature of the story. (Picture book. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561453191
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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