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Far, far North, when the nights are longest and the stars shine brightest, Santa begins to prepare for his big night of giving. He gathers his reindeer, feeds them parsnips and berries, and polishes his bells and his sled. Then lovingly, he chooses toys for every child in the world. For Santa loves them all, and he knows what each child at heart wants most. Then, with the
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Scholastic Press
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Kathryn
Nov 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! From the gentle Santa, who seems like just a kindly old man working in his home in the woods, to the beautiful transformation on Christmas. I love that Christmas is what brings the magic! The text, the illustrations, all pitch-perfect. One of my favorite Christmas picture books this season.
Heather
Dec 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
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babyhippoface
As Christmas Eve draws near, Santa gathers the reindeer, polishes the big red sleigh, bags up the toys, trims his mustache, and waits for the magic to come. Jon Muth's illustrations offer a Santa with a different look: there is no round belly, he wears bunny slippers, and he's dressed in blue. There are no elves and no workshop; Santa lives alone and keeps a room full of toys to deliver. Despite the rather lonely feel, the language is occasionally lovely, and the sentimental story will appeal to ...more
Lisa Vegan
Dec 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christmas reading for kids who are flexible about their perceptions about Santa Claus
Magical!

I read this book because it’s illustrated by Jon J. Muth, and the pictures are wondrous. Santa does not look like most Santas, except for the white beard, and there are no elves, etc. But I loved the illustrations here. I particularly loved the reindeer, especially the young indoor one, and love that Santa has a cat, and loved the huge sack of toys, etc.

The story is loving and gentle, and should enchant children, as long as they can disregard some of their preconceptions about Santa Clau
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
This book is such a delight and I'm sure one that will be treasured for years to come. It has beautiful illustrations as the book takes us on a journey of how Santa Claus goes about getting ready for Christmas. He starts to prepare on a chilly northern night when he feels the magic of Christmas will be arriving soon. He calls the reindeer home and gets them ready. He prepares his big, red sleigh, and double checks the names in his name book. He gathers the toys and loads in them in the sleigh. O ...more
Meredith
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, christmas
This is a lovely book. It tells the story of Santa as he quietly prepares for Christmas. He isn't a jolly old elf, ho-ho-ho-type of Santa, but more of a solitary (very...there's no Mrs. Claus present in the story. Santa darns his own wool socks. Only the reindeer keep him company.), subdued, contemplative, European wizard. In fact, I think I liked this book all the more for this reason. The upstairs room in his house where he keeps the toys is quite spare, yet there is a single, special, thought ...more
Jackie
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In our truest heart-of-hearts, this is how we all envision Santa...a simple man who loves all children. From his fuzzy bunny slippers, to his unruly moustache and beard, and his cozy cottage nestled in the pure Northern snow, this Santa waits until the magic has come. Reindeer fly, the sack is packed, and off they travel into Christmas Eve night to delight children everywhere.

I can just picture mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa in a big chair with a special child on their lap reading The Christmas
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Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
This was a nice little story about how Santa prepares for Christmas; from gathering his reindeer, darning his socks, and filling his sack with toys. I thought it was nice that it seemed to show Santa as a normal human being doing mostly normal things. Except he can FEEL the stir of magic in the air that will make his reindeer fly so he can deliver toys. It was nice to see him as a pretty normal guy rather than some magical wizard or something. The painted illustrations are also pretty nice.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Dec 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Loved Santa in his bunny slippers. Illustrations are gorgeous.
Denise Hutchins
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I spotted The Christmas Magic at a local used book store, seemingly (living up to its title) by magic: despite it being stored on the bottom shelf, halfway behind another tome, the beautiful cover caught my eye. I have a small collection of Christmas books and I love illustrated children's books (I still have many from my own childhood) so I couldn't resist this pretty specimen. After reading it two times, it became clear that the artwork is really what makes this book special. The writing is de ...more
Patricia Mckelvy
Santa Clause patiently awaits for the Christmas Magic to arrive. From the moment he feels a little tingle in his whiskers, he prepares. Santa Clause cleans his red sleigh until it shines, brushes and feeds his reindeer, checks on the toys and finds joy in reading all the names of the boys and girls, knowing what each one wants the most for Christmas. And of course, Santa Clause fills his bag with all the toys, until he can barely close it.

Jon Muth’s watercolor images are absolutely gorgeous, and
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Patricia (Patricia's Particularity)
Santa Clause patiently awaits for the Christmas Magic to arrive. From the moment he feels a little tingle in his whiskers, he prepares. Santa Clause cleans his red sleigh until it shines, brushes and feeds his reindeer, checks on the toys and finds joy in reading all the names of the boys and girls, knowing what each one wants the most for Christmas. And of course, Santa Clause fills his bag with all the toys, until he can barely close it.

Jon Muth's watercolor images are absolutely gorgeous, and
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John
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holiday, 2011
Teachers are famous for visiting the library on the first Monday of December to check out holiday and winter books. The first-grade teachers will check out books about St. Lucia's Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and Hanukkah. I display holiday books and book talk from the holiday displays, but my students tend not to check out holiday books. I'm not sure why. Well, the first teacher or student who looks at the holiday display tomorrow morning will hear about Lauren Thompson's The Christmas Magic. We wi ...more
Melissa
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Times 100!

Oh, how I love this wonderful Christmas book! If you are looking for a bright red, mall Santa, red-nosed reindeer, comical elves, "Ho-ho-ho!" kind of Christmas tale - this is not it. Thank goodness!

In this lovely book, Santa is preparing for the night the Christmas magic comes, in a calm, quiet, very practical day-to-day way. The watercolor illustrations are incredible! They are the perfect accompaniment to the story's subtle prose. In a worl
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Katieb (MundieMoms)
This book is such a delight and I'm sure one that will be treasured for years to come. It has beautiful illustrations as the book takes us on a journey of how Santa Claus goes about getting ready for Christmas. He starts to prepare on a chilly northern night when he feels the magic of Christmas will be arriving soon. He calls the reindeer home and gets them ready. He prepares his big, red sleigh, and double checks the names in his name book. He gathers the toys and loads in them in the sleigh. O ...more
Heather
Dec 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
“Every year, just when the nights are longest and the stars shine brightest, Santa feels a tingling in his whiskers. Then he knows that the Christmas magic will soon be here.” Quietly, Santa prepares for the magic by brushing and feeding his reindeer, dusting off his big red sleigh, polishing his boots, darning his socks, and of course, combing his curly white beard. The quiet domesticity of this gentle Santa is poignantly illustrated by Muth’s soft watercolors. The whimsical pictures depict the ...more
Laura
May 30, 2012 rated it liked it
I picked up this book because of the Jon J Muth illustrations. For some reason this story didn't shine as much as his others I've read. The story had a sweet message, but seemed a little unrealistic in parts. Maybe I'm just supposed to assume that Santa has magic like Mary Poppins or something, but I was expecting to see an over-abundance of toys/stuff and most of the illustrations were really subdued. Kids will probably still enjoy the premise, I just won't be reading again though.

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Megan
This book is a breath of fresh air for Christmas! Instead of a frantic production at a massive North Pole factory manned by elves, this Santa's Christmas preparations are much calmer. Santa lives alone in a small house with a few pet reindeer. He climbs the stairs in his bunny slippers to the one room where toys are kept. Of course, there is magic--a quiet Christmas magic that lets the toy bag expand and makes reindeer fly. This Santa is kind but not overly jolly, and he wears a soft blue suit i ...more
Priya
Nov 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: three-stars
This book was ok, I guess. The story was pretty good - a little flat for a picture book and vague in some places, but acceptable. The illustrations were good at the end, but meh at the beginning and bad in the middle. I just couldn't connect with the pictures very well... there was a lot of white space, Santa wore bunny slippers, and it looked like he was vacationing in Hawaii instead of in the North Pole. I was expecting the pictures to be a little darker and more wintery, but there was too muc ...more
Rachel
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
A sweet, gentle tale that portrays a quiet, humble version of Santa Clause. I like that you can almost feel the peace of the ponderous solitude, and the newly fallen snow. I like that in the midst of what can become an overwhelmingly busy holiday bustle, reading this has a calming effect. I like that there is no "naughty" list, just tender love for all the children. I like that the Christmas season generates the magical tingle, and that ultimately the day itself is the star. I like that the gift ...more
Tami
Dec 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Far, far up north, lives a very special man. Each year, as the days grow shorter and the weather gets colder, this man waits for the magic to come. As the magic gets closer, he prepares for a very special night? Can you guess who this bearded jolly man might be?

The Christmas Magic is a good way to introduce Santa Claus to very young children. The book not only talks about Santa giving away presents at Christmas but also his love for children and the magic that makes everything possible.



Laura
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Lovely, subtle illustrations. The small details stand out on re-reads. The story is simple and magical –– no schmaltz, over sweetness, or "here is the lesson, kids" up in your face. Unique (if that's even possible) rendering of Santa in a blue shifting to red coat, as a solitary figure watching over the Christmas list and taking care of his reindeer. This is a Christmas book I'd actually consider buying to add to the collection. And I have approximately two in the Christmas collection, so that's ...more
The Library Lady
Dec 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is not the big,splashy "Santa Clause" type of Santa, with a castle workshop, masses of elves and a fat jolly Santa. In fact, Santa here looks more like Harry Potter's Dumbledore than the Coca Cola sort of Santa. He's not jolly, he's quiet and gentle.

And magical. The prose and art combine for a lovely book that will not appeal to hyperactive toddlers but should entrance older, more thoughtful children and their grownups. As the illustrator puts it so aptly "This is the Santa I know in my hea
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Jenn
May 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This would be a good book to read when your child is having a quiet time. I like how it conveys the anticipation of Christmas in a hushed fashion. A lot of parallels can be made between Santa and God, between this story and the reality of the Incarnation.

I'm not sure if Santa is a concept we will be introducing to BC, but if it is, I might keep this one in mind to check out from the library during Advent.

Favorite Picture:
Santa checking the children's names in his book.
Shelli
Dec 05, 2011 rated it liked it
A different take on how Santa prepares for Christmas Day. I quit enjoyed it but my daughter kept telling me "No, no, no. That's not what happens." This was most funny to me because we never really did the whole Christmas thing with her. Sure we have a tree and presents but I never told her there was a Santa. She just felt this depiction of Santa was to off from the stories we have read in the past.
Rebecca
This could easily become my favorite Christmas picture book. Jon J Muth's watercolors are luminous, with compositions and angles reminiscent of Lisbeth Zwerger's fairy tales. Lauren Thompson's poetic view of Santa Claus will touch your heart (especially if your heart cringes at mall Santas and Tim Allen movies).
Linda
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jon J Muth of the ‘Zen’ books like Zen Ties, and Lauren Thompson of Polar Bear Night collaborate in what will be a favorite Christmas tale of Santa for a long time. Santa begins readying for the magic to come, calling in the reindeer, polishing the sleigh, mending his woolen socks! At last “the” magic arrives, and he’s off! The illustrations and words softly blend into a beautiful story. Details in both are lovely. I imagine poring over this with my grandchildren more than once.
Jessica
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful book about Santa Claus getting ready to make his big journey is just a delight for all ages. The lovely water color illustrations, mixed withe gentle humor of the words, are the perfect match. I love Santa's blue coat, and the doglike reindeer that follows him around. I love the little details about combing his beard and trimming his mustache, waiting for the magic to arrive. So beautiful!
The Bookloft
Bookseller: Ev

Oh, the lovely, gentle spirit of this story... As beautifully illustrated as it is told... I know exactly what John Muth (the illustrator) means when he says "This is the Santa I know in my heart."
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