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Santa Who?

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
The author/illustrator of Behold . . . the Dragons! and The Honey Makers describes the origins and evolution of Santa Claus, from the Turkish Saint Nicholas to the jolly, red-suited Santa of today. Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 27th 1999 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Dec 29, 2008 Katherine rated it liked it
This is the book I wanted to write! The art isn't as good as the one I want to write, though. Maybe someday!

I give this four stars for the treatment of the subject and two stars for the art. The coverage of the subject is too deep for my kids (3 and 5), so I didn't even bother to read it to them. But I found it very interesting. (Although I was disappointed that the Coca Cola Santa was left out, considering that he is the epitome of the American Santa. That's okay-- I'll cover it in my book.)
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Sep 12, 2015 Maria Denney rated it really liked it
This was my little one's storytime book tonight, one he checked out from the library. I was surprised when we started reading it that it was actually a history of the Santa Claus legend, beginning with the real Saint Nicholas. It was a little lengthy for a child's story and I know my LO didn't really understand the full history, but it was very educational.
Jan 11, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing
What a great book! This is a great book to read to children to help them understand where Santa Claus comes from. Add to it the article printed yearly of the Letter to Victoria who wanted to know if there really is a Santa Claus and you can keep the story of Santa alive for a child for a long time to come.
Dec 03, 2008 Sandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Very interesting book and informative. Gail Gibbons traces the origin of Saint Nicholas on how it started and how he is viewed in each culture.
Dec 22, 2009 Tricia rated it it was ok
Great for the purpose it serves---sharing the origin and evolution of the Santa myth. doesn't quite blow the myth but borders.
Dec 24, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
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Excellent explanation of the development of Santa.
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Dec 04, 2015
Great book for information on the history of Santa. I even learned a thing or two.
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Really enjoyed the facts throughout the book. Enjoyable book for my children and I.
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I actually learned a lot reading this book about the origins and history of Santa Claus.
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From I was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1944. Even as a little child, I was always busy putting books together. Sometimes I would bind them with yarn to hold the pages together. I've always loved drawing and painting. I was also a very curious child. My parents tell me that I was always asking lots and lots of questions.

Later, I went on to the University of Illinois, where I stu
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