What Could Be Keeping Santa?

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Here is the perfect book for the night before the night before Christmas. Marilyn Janovitz's jolly, chant-aloud text and adorable illustrations present Santa's reindeer at their most endearing. As they scurry (to confirm that all the Christmas preparations have been made) and worry (what is keeping Santa?) they are like children everywhere — bubbling with excitement and oh-so-eagerly anticipating Christmas.

When Santa fails to appear even though his sleigh is packed...

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Overview

Here is the perfect book for the night before the night before Christmas. Marilyn Janovitz's jolly, chant-aloud text and adorable illustrations present Santa's reindeer at their most endearing. As they scurry (to confirm that all the Christmas preparations have been made) and worry (what is keeping Santa?) they are like children everywhere — bubbling with excitement and oh-so-eagerly anticipating Christmas.

When Santa fails to appear even though his sleigh is packed and the reindeer stand waiting, he has a very good reason for not being ready.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The reindeer are worried. The sleigh is packed, the holly garlands and mistletoe are all hung, but no Santa. They fret and fuss, watch the clock and finally knock on Santa's door. But Santa isn't late, he wouldn't forget, there is still one more day until Christmas Eve. The anxious reindeer, their poses and expressions, are just like those of their human counterparts who anxiously await Christmas. It is funny and cute; a nice choice for those kids eagerly awaiting the "big day."
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PreS-Gr 2The reindeer are concerned because Santa is late on Christmas Eve: "Reindeer standing in a row,/Shadows falling on the snow,/The sleigh is packed, all set to go!/What could be keeping Santa?" After checking the decorations on the tree, watching the clock, and glancing nervously up the fireplace, the worried animals finally knock on their boss's door, only to discover that they are one day early. After all, "Nothing would ever keep Santa!" Three rhymed lines and a repeated refrain move the story along at a speedy pace and invite participation. Furry, round-nosed, pin-eyed reindeer stand upright in worried poses, arms crossed, peering out the window, like six-year-olds waiting for their carpool ride to the soccer game. The final scene, with eight tiny reindeer tucked into the same long bed, is a perfect ending. A great way to get excited children off to sleep.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558588202
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn Janovitz attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Philadelphia College of Art. She has worked as a textile designer, created artwork for advertising and magazines, and illustrated numerous books for children.

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