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Santa's On His Way: A Changing-Picture Book

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In the week before Christmas, Santa has so much to do!

Watch Santa and his elves as they make all the presents, groom the reindeer, and prepare for their most important night of the year -- Christmas Eve. With tabs to pull to change the pictures, readers can watch them get everything ready day-by-day, until finally Santa's sleigh takes off into the sky on Christmas Eve.

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Overview

In the week before Christmas, Santa has so much to do!

Watch Santa and his elves as they make all the presents, groom the reindeer, and prepare for their most important night of the year -- Christmas Eve. With tabs to pull to change the pictures, readers can watch them get everything ready day-by-day, until finally Santa's sleigh takes off into the sky on Christmas Eve.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The artwork is soft, homey, and fun to look at even without any special effects. The sturdy format ensures this will stand up to many readings.
—Booklist (online)
Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
Labeled a changing-picture book, this book consists of seven spreads. Readers can open flaps on four of the pages that move slats back and forth to reveal an alternate picture. For instance, an illustration of elves slips to one of gifts while the one of Santa surrounded by woodland animals flips to one of hopping rabbits. Nominally a backwards counting book, the story, such as it is, begins on December 19 when Santa feeds crunchy apples to his reindeer and tells them they must rest because they have only five days before their Christmas Eve flight. The next day, Santa tells the elves they have four days to finish making gifts. On December 21, with three days to go, Santa polishes his sleigh. On the 22nd, woodland animals ask him why there is no snow only two days before Christmas. The day before Christmas Eve, Santa checks his map and rests in front of his fireplace. Finally, on the 24th, he departs in a gentle snow. The illustrations are soft and muted; the text is uninspired and prosaic. Although some parents and children might enjoy cuddling with this as a quiet bedtime book, the purpose of this book is unclear. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Like last year's The First Christmas (Candlewick, 2010), this cheerful tale of Santa getting ready for his big night has "changing-pictures," which are created by overlaying two images, divided into horizontal or vertical slats. In this case, the images change when a flap is opened. On December 19th, Santa brushes the reindeer; on the 20th he encourages his elves to get those toys ready; on the 21st he shines up the sleigh, and so forth. Williams's soft-focus pastel illustrations convey a childlike sense of wonder and magic, and the changing scenes provide forward momentum to go along with the text. This sturdier than usual toy-movable book could be used in a holiday storytime and would probably survive numerous one-on-one readings.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

A slight story about Santa's countdown to Christmas Eve is paired with nostalgic, soft-focus illustrations with changeable picture cutouts and gatefold flaps offering surprises within the art.

The cover illustration with a round die-cut shows Santa at home in his spectacles, checking his list. As the cover is opened, this picture changes to a view of the elves and reindeer sorting through Santa's mailbag. Regular spreads alternate with three additional gatefold flaps and changeable pictures, all in a pleasant, soft-focus style, showing Santa's busy workshop, barn and cozy parlor, where he rests before his big night. The text pages count down from December 19 to December 24, with Santa and the reindeer taking off against a full moon on the final page. The changeable picture there shows a large, snow-covered home, and when the gatefold is opened, two children stand at their window, looking up at the illustration of Santa and his sleigh. The pages are sturdy cardboard, although the binding will need reinforcement if the volume receives heavy use.

The forgettable text is just a placeholder to accompany the illustrations, but the novelty of the changeable pictures and movable flaps will interest younger children during the long days before Christmas.(Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763655556
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Pages: 14
  • Sales rank: 1,413,718
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Martin has been an editor and author of children's books for many years. She lives in South London with her husband and daughter.

Sophy Williams lives in Wiltshire, England, with her husband, Mark Robertson (also an illustrator), her two lively sons, Oscar and Leo, and a scraggy black cat. Some of Sophy's childhood was spent living in Singapore, Hong Kong, and the Middle East, and her illustrations are often influenced by these far-flung locations.

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