Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus: The Classic Edition
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Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus: The Classic Edition

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In 1897, a young girl wrote to The New York Sun asking whether Santa Claus truly existed. The paper's response, written by reporter Francis P. Church, has become a beloved holiday literary tradition. An original approach to a children's classic, this captivating book creatively reinterprets that heartwarming letter about the truth behind Santa Claus and Christmas. It is ac...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 23rd 2001 by Running Press Kids (first published 1992)
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This will be a book I pull out when J. asks me the time old question "Is there really a Santa Claus?"
This is, of course, a classic editorial on the spirit of Christmas. However, though originally addressed to a child it was never written for that audience, but is most definitely aimed at a much more mature and cynical group. As an editorial, it is a timeless, thought provoking piece of prose, but as a children's picture book, it just didn't work for me.
Sara B
This storybook was created because a little girl decided to write a letter to a newspaper and the newspaper not knowing what to do about responding decided they needed to respond but in doing so did not want to squash the Christmas hopes and dreams of children. Very sweet, beautiful pictures and a must read.
Jennifer Hughes
The editorial that is the text for the book is so well-known in our culture. I wanted my kids to know what people meant when they threw out the reference, "yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." This beautifully illustrated book was a great introduction to Virginia, her letter, and its famous reply.
Quaint, but persuasive, and couched in terms perhaps more suited to the adult readership of the New York Times than its named recipient, VIRGINIA = nonetheless, a compelling annotation on the meaning of Christmastime.
This is a wonderful book of the letter written to the New York times, it has wonderful illustrations and I love reading it at Christmas time.
Jennifer Wagner
Big words. Little, wonderful sentiment. How could I not love this? We still print it every Christmas Eve in The Patriot Ledger.
Classic. "In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him..."
This book almost put me in the holiday spirit here in October! Timeless answer to the longstanding question.
Read this story every year, it is quintessentially Christmas.
Mary Tuley
Aug 21, 2007 Mary Tuley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everybody! We all need it.
This is the perfect question and the perfect answer, still.
Lovely and beautifully illustrated!
Love the illustrations.
Always a favourite.
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“VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see. They think nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”
“Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.” 2 likes
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