It’s winter in Girard, Pennsylvania and the pond is completely frozen overready for a young boy to go skating!but Georgie’s ice skates are too small. All Georgie wants for Christmas is a new pair of skates. But times are tough in 1920s Pennsylvania, and he gets the disappointing news Santa might not come this year. Follow Georgie as he decides to take matters into his own handsand discovers what Christmas is all about. The Santa Thief is a heartwarming tale of boyhood set in 1920s Pennsylvania for children ages 4–8.
|Product dimensions:||8.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Alane Adams is a children’s author, professor, and literacy advocate. She is the author of the Legends of Orkney fantasy mythology series for tweens and writes Early American picture books for young children. Adams lives in Southern California.
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite All Georgie wants for Christmas is a new pair of skates. His old ones are too small and he loves skating on the pond when it freezes over. But times are tough and there’s not much money to buy gifts. Papa even said that Santa was finding things tough and might not visit all the children this Christmas. That made Georgie really sad. What was Christmas without Santa? As the family decorates the tree, Georgie sulks, but his mom sets him straight by reminding him that Christmas is not just about receiving gifts. That sets Georgie thinking and he comes up with his own ideas to make Christmas extra special, and to make sure that Santa does come to their house this Christmas. Alane Adams's colorful picture book story, The Santa Thief, is more than just another Christmas story. This one has historical relevance, as it takes place in 1929, the beginning of the Depression years. But times have been tough on and off since those terrible years, and the message in this story is important to remind young readers that sometimes the simplest joys of Christmas are in the times spent with family. It’s not about the newest and the best tech toy available, or the shiniest, splashiest new outfits, or the best new skates. Christmas is about love and family, and the joy of being with those you care about. A powerful message, told from a historical perspective, with marvellous illustrations by Lauren Gallegos. This book is truly a Christmas treasure.
After reading this book, I am not sure about the title. The story was a good one and had a great message, but I am not sure where the thief came in. The story is set in 1929, the beginning of the Great Depression. When Georgie and his dad are out chopping down their Christmas Tree, his father tells him that Santa might not be coming this year, "Times have been tough, even for Santa", father explains. Georgie begins to wonder if he even wants to cut down and decorate a tree if Santa is not coming. When mother talks to him about the real meaning of Christmas, he comes up with a plan. The images are lovely and really in keeping with the time period. It reminds me a bit of Norman Rockwell paintings. The message about giving is more important than receiving is demonstrated in a nice story. Overall a great addition to a family library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.