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How Santa Got His Job

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  509 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
Have you ever wondered what Santa did before he was Santa?
When Santa was young and needed a job, no one was looking for a man in a red suit to deliver gifts on Christmas. So Santa tried just about everything -- from a chimney sweep to a postman to a circus performer. But none of these worked out. It wasn't until he met a group of elves who helped him use all his special
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 1998)
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Sep 02, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
A cute story about Santa growing up that is unlike anything you've ever read about Santa. How he met his reindeer, why he knows so much about chimneys, and his reason for weight gain are just some of the questions answered in this book. My 5 yr old really liked it but it had him questioning everything he knew about Santa. If you don't feel like answering a lot of unusual questions about Santa's life growing up, this book isn't for you. If, however, you approve of alternative stories regarding yo ...more
Becky Tilton
Sep 01, 2008 Becky Tilton rated it it was amazing
How Santa Got His Job is a wonderful children's picture book.This story would be a fictional cultural folktale. The story begins when Santa is a young man search for a job. He goes through quite a few jobs before finding his niche. This clever story shows the steps necessary for Santa to go through in order to become the legend which he is today.

This would be great to use in the classroom.
Activity #1:I would use it to show cause and effect (He worked at a zoo and met the reindeer.) It is also
Dec 15, 2014 Gina rated it really liked it
Even Santa needed to try a few jobs before finding what he was meant to do best!
Nov 27, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it
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James Son
Sep 30, 2014 James Son rated it really liked it
This book tells the story on how the famous Santa Claus got his job in the first place. It first starts off with showing Santa Claus when he was young, and still looking for a job. He did not want to work in a office though, because he liked always being on the move. His first job was cleaning Chimneys. However, he got fired, because he never got dirty. The other workers all thought he was faking his job. Then he worked at a post office, but also got fired, because he delivered the packages too ...more
Dec 20, 2015 Jenny rated it really liked it
This is darling! Santa needs a job. He starts off as a chimney sweep but gets in trouble because he never gets dirty so they don't believe that he is doing his work. He tries out a series of other jobs: mail carrier, chef, circus performer and zookeeper. Each time he makes a "mistake" that leads him to lose his job. Finally, he finds the perfect job for him...becoming the Santa we all love. I like the illustrations and enjoyed the added touch that the background is the want ads of the newspaper.
Johna Brown
Nov 17, 2013 Johna Brown rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, genre, predicting
Before reading this story to my class, I will ask them "Does anyone know who Santa is?" "How do you think he got the job as being Santa?" I really enjoyed reading this story. It is a good way to introduce Santa to your kids. It talks about the many jobs Santa had throughout his life. Santa was very good at all of his jobs. He worked cleaning the chimney. He was a postman where he learned to get around the town. He worked as a zookeeper where he met some of his greatest friends, the reindeer. San ...more
Tasha Johnson
A Christmas picture book that is perfect for young students. The storyline explains all the jobs santa had to go through before becoming santa. Discussions in class can include different occupations and how they help our community. The reading level is more appropriate for K-3, but older elementary would enjoy the tale about Santa as well. This is one of the most creative Christmas storybooks I've read.
THis was very cute and inventive. Of course, Santa wasn't always Santa - he had to work at lots of odd jobs before getting settled in his chosen career! In this book, he first works as a chimney swift (thus learning how to quickly get up and down chimneys), then as a postman (delivering packages!), then at a diner (where he samples the desserts all night long), then as a zookeeper (where he befriends the reindeer, of course!), and last at a circus getting shot out of the cannon (and he loves fly ...more
Andrea Wick
This story is how Santa got his job. He goes around and works at different places, all giving him unique skills that lead to him becoming Santa.

This story would be good to use around the holiday times, you got to be care as to beliefs, however!
Dec 03, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Clever explanation of how Santa obtained his specialized experience--delivering packages, working with reindeer, connections with toy-making and elves.
Dec 21, 2015 RJ rated it it was amazing
This is a terrific book about how Santa did odd jobs that help explain how he is able to his current job.
A great book for any age group.
Jan 14, 2016 Loren rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book to my children, I loved how each one on Santa's jobs prepared him to be Santa Claus.
Stacy Renee
This was a pretty neat perspective on how Santa got his job. My only problem with it was that even though Santa seemed to come from our modern world with normal jobs like working with the Postal Service, there was never any mention of how the reindeer could fly!
Melanie Rightmyer
Cute story, cute illustrations. I like the idea that Santa tried other careers before finding the right one for him!
Dec 07, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
Cute, loved the message of when you fail at something, it might be preparing you for something else.
Sage Maria
Nov 28, 2014 Sage Maria rated it it was amazing
When I was a kid I loved this book because the pictures of young redheaded Santa Claus reminded me of my dad.
Dec 15, 2009 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad actually. A fairly plausible modern-day story about how Santa sort of fell into his job. First he was chimney sweep, but there was a problem - he stayed too clean. Then he was a postman, he loved delivering packages, but there was problem the daytime traffic frustrated him so he started delivering at night and got in trouble. Then he worked at an all-night diner, but there was a problem - he gained too much weight.... etc. Really sort of works best for the 7-9 year old crowd, but my four ...more
Dec 18, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it
A very entertaining tale. Both my son and I enjoyed it.
Brooke Birchler
This is a really cute story that talks about how Santa got his job. It goes through how he started out with one job, such as a chimney sweep, but he found out that didn't work for him so he moved on to another job. It then shows that he eventually decided to put his talents together to become Santa. This would be a good book to read to children so they get an understanding that just because they try at something and it doesn't work out doesn't mean they shouldn't try something again. They could ...more
Ryan M. Hanna
Dec 14, 2015 Ryan M. Hanna rated it really liked it
Loved this book! So clever :-)
Dec 05, 2015 Cosette rated it it was amazing
Dec 15, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it
Another mom at storytime said that this book was hilarious when I was picking it up and I have to agree. It goes into all the odd jobs Santa had before his current gig, which gives some interesting and funny insights into how he got where he is today. Definitely fun and I'll probably check it out every year because I see it getting even more funny for DS as he gets older.
Dec 26, 2011 Nayeli rated it liked it
this book is about a man that gets alot of jobs but non of them are the right ones and then he gets a job at a zoo and he only likes the reindeers and the other animals are sad because they don't get love so then the man finds some little short poeple (elfs) and the elfs tell him if he wants to work as Santa Claus and the man says yes so thats how Santa got his job.
Dec 10, 2011 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-picture
I really enjoyed being a witness to how Santa Claus got his job. It is amazing that all of his jobs had something in common with his greatest job of all. It was a joy to read. The story is really cute and the illustrations are nicely done.

For those familiar with the Accelerated Reader Program, this is a level 3.5 book.
Dec 30, 2010 Jess rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those looking for Christmas story time reads
You didn't think Santa just started out as a toy giver, did you? Find out what he tried when he was started out and why each of those things didn't work out.

I like that all his previous jobs point out how perfect he is for his current job. That's fun and at least one of the kids figures this out.

Feb 03, 2012 Alissa rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered how Santa became qualified for his job as Santa? This book will take you through his various jobs from chimney sweeper to zookeeper. We loved the clever answers to our questions and looking at the pictures to see Santa's progression from a skinny red head to his jolly old self.
CRC Washburn
Jun 23, 2009 CRC Washburn rated it it was amazing
Santa needs a job and goes through several ones before landing his perfect 'gig'. Postmaster, zoo-keeper, toy-maker, etc. This would be a wonderful book to use in conjunction with a lesson on 'community workers' or 'my community'. The reading level is about gr 2, but it would work as a read aloud.
Dec 23, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Quite a fun story about all the failed jobs that Santa attempted (learning valuable skills along the way!) that somehow leads him to becoming the Santa Claus we all know and love. You'll see early Santa as a chimney sweep, zookeeper and mailman! ;-) A delight!
Dec 04, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable Christmas read. This is a fun story of the road it took for Santa to realize he was best fit for delivering packages to kids around the world. The job choices he went through perfectly fit what you would think Santa would have done. Well done.
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