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Santa's Favorite Story

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  259 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Christmas may be canceled this year because Santa is too tired to deliver all his packages. The forest animals are worried, but when Santa tells them the story of the very first Christmas, when Christ was born, the animals discover the true spirit of the season.
Paperback, 28 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Aladdin (first published November 1st 1982)
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Last Christmas Eve, our church librarian, was visiting her daughter’s church and heard their children’s director read Santa’s Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First Christmas by Hisako Aoki. She liked it so much that you can now find a copy in our library! In the book, Ivan Ganteschev’s beautiful water colors show Santa Claus telling a group of woodland animals his favorite story, the true story of Christmas, the birth of Jesus. Santa says, “It’s my favorite story because it reminds ...more
Jul 29, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
I'm glad Santa's favorite story is all about Jesus!
Santa grew tired during a walk in the woods and stopped to take a nap. The woodland creatures saw him and thought Christmas was arriving early. As word spread through the forest, they excitedly gathered around sleeping Santa, waiting for him to wake up. When he did, he told them the story of the birth of Christ on the very first Christmas. After the story, the animals accompany Santa to the North Pole to help him get ready for Christmas. Santa teaches everyone about the best present of all.

Nov 21, 2015 Olivia rated it it was ok
The illustrations in this book are beautiful. Even though this story features Santa, it blindsides you with the story of Jesus' birth. This would be a good book for family's that want to remind their kids "the reason for the season," particularly young kids because the story features talking animals and the tale of jesus' birth is very simplified.
In this book, Santa tells us the true meaning of Christmas. It's a good way to introduce kids to both the secular concept of Santa as well as the religious meaning of the holiday. It doesn't explain about St. Nicholas, but the message that Christmas is about God and love instead of presents.

My Favorite Picture:
The sheep and shepherds at the manger in Bethlehem.

The style of these illustrations looks to be watercolor on a very familiar textured heavy-weight paper... Brings back memories. :)
Nov 07, 2010 Katherine rated it really liked it
This book was in my house and I pulled it out because I remembered reading it every Christmas with my parents. This book might be a little difficult to read in class because it is strictly about Christmas but it could be good if you taught at a private Catholic school, or even if you read this book as one of the many books you would read to your class about different types of religion, whatever you chose is fine but this book has very beautiful illustrations and beautiful writing as well. It als ...more
Gentle Christmas story with Santa explaining the true meaning of Christmas to the woodland animals.
May 19, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked Santa's Favorite Story. Santa's story is about the real meaning of Christmas.
Sarah Stumphf
Dec 22, 2015 Sarah Stumphf rated it it was ok
This book raised a lot of questions, maybe not so great for a bedtime story.
Dec 14, 2014 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Santa's favorite story is the birth of Jesus.
Apr 27, 2015 Tracy rated it really liked it
retelling of the birth of Jesus
Naomi Bodway
Jan 03, 2014 Naomi Bodway rated it really liked it
A charming children's book that finds Santa explaining that Christmas REALLY isn't all about him...and he shares with the animals of the forest the story of the birth of the Christ Child. I love to give this as a gift to children, in a humble attempt to keep Christ in the Christmas. Beautiful illustrations and a poignant simple story.
Nov 28, 2012 Jenny rated it it was amazing
I discovered this book when my youngest was 10. However, it is still a story that can be shared with children. Santa tells the animals his favorite story; the birth of Christ and the real meaning of Christmas. Santa also explains that love is the best gift of all... One that is better than any present he can deliver. This is a good book to use as a way of explaining commercialism vs. doesn't send the message that Santa is bad, just not what Christmas is truly about.
Jan 02, 2014 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-w-kids
This is my daughter's favorite Christmas book. We read it every night. It's a sweet, simple little book where Santa explains that Christmas is not about him, but about the first Christmas when Jesus was born. I love that while it keeps the Santa mystery, Santa himself makes sure that the true reason for this season is known. Highly recommend for parents who want to do Santa with their kids without losing sight of Jesus.
Nov 28, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
I found this little treasure after my own children were pretty much grown and gone; being a collector of children's books and also Christmas books, the fact that I wouldn't have anyone to read it to didn't deter me from picking it up and putting it on my Christmas shelf.

The gentle watercolors and lovely telling give a decidedly different feel to this story. It's kind of a sleeper and definitely one to be treasured.
Nov 12, 2012 Seth rated it it was amazing
PB:22 Santa's Favorite Story. Simply one of the most touching stories about the true meaning of Christmas and the blessings we take for granted each day yet are still loved by our Savior. As a child, we think Christmas is mainly filled with gifts and presents yet there is so much more to it. I highly recommend reading this to children at an early age so they can understand Christmas in many better ways!
I loved the beautiful watercolor artwork but the story isn't up my alley for Christmas stories.
I have always been enchanted with the idea of Santa having a deep love for the baby Jesus, and this story carries that theme. Santa gets to tell the story of the First Christmas to a small gathering of woodland animals.
Santa tells the story of Jesus' birth in this delightful Christmas story. This is another book my parents introduced me to in my youth. I was so delighted when I found it last year to add to our family Christmas collection.
May 20, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: seasonal-holiday
Lovely illustrations. The story and pictures jive well together and reflect the author's Japanese heritage. That's a bit of a stereotype, I know. There really is a calm, quiet, gentle feel to the book though.
Sweet little story about Santa telling the Nativity story to the animals in the forest. Memorable more for its beautiful watercolor illustrations than its story.
Christiana Tarpley
Sep 27, 2011 Christiana Tarpley rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
very cute book to teach students about the meaning of Christmas- it's not just all about the presents! :) Teaches the students of the importance of the first Christmas.
3.5 STARS. I could really appreciate the artwork and effort here, but ultimately just not my style and seemed a little too forced at trying to fit in the "message."
Dec 01, 2008 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome combination of the Santa portion of Christmas that is celebrated by popular culture and the telling of the biblical Christmas story.
Jan 27, 2008 E rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
The illustrations are hauntingly beautiful; a nice change from the usually bombastic, bright images associated with Santa and Christmas.
Nov 30, 2008 Sally rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
Such a sweet and tender story! Did you know that Santa's favorite story is about the birth of Jesus?
Dec 05, 2008 Josette rated it it was ok
Interesting concept--Santa accurately tells the story of the first Christmas.
Nov 12, 2007 Megan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
This is one of my favorite Christmas books ever. I read it every Christmas.
The story has a good message, but I didn't find it very engaging.
Dec 19, 2008 JoDean rated it really liked it
Santa's favorite story is the birth of Christ.
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