Hi everyone! I have another book review for you. This time we have Children’s literature, a book named ‘The Santa Thief’ written by Alane Adams and Illustrated by Lauren Gallegos. Published by SparkPress.
The blurb reads:
It’s winter in Girard, Pennsylvania and the pond is completely frozen over—ready for a young boy to go skating!—but Georgie’s ice skates are too small. All Georgie wants for Christmas is a new pair of skates. But times are tough in 1920’s Pennsylvania, and he gets the disappointing news Santa might not come this year. Follow Georgie as he decides to take matters into his own hands—and discovers what Christmas is all about. The Santa Thief is a heartwarming tale of boyhood set in 1920’s Pennsylvania for children ages 4–8.
I decided to read this book to my Children, my eldest is 5 so he’s right within the target audience. The book brings home the message of what Christmas can be about and the values of it.
This book does not actually contain Santa in person. At all. I would have thought that would be a downside but actually it was refreshing to see a book that highlighted the hard work Parent’s put in over the year and how they want to give a gift to their child. Last warning for a spoiler….
The main Character, Georgie, wants some new ice skating boots for Christmas. His Parent’s have had a difficult financial year and when asked if Santa can bring his Skates, Georgie is told that Santa ‘has a lot on his mind”. I know that feeling! He’s then also told he may have to wait until next year.
Later in the book after a sulk and stern word from his Mother, Georgie ends up making his own Santa costume and creating gifts for his Parents. The spirit of Christmas is brought into the book and a valuable lesson for our main Character.
It ends with Georgie being presented with the gift he wanted all along, new skates! The book has stuck to the story line and the Father explains that no, these are not from Santa. He worked REALLY hard to get the money to pay for them, they are Georgie’s parent’s gifts to him. How many parent’s have wanted to say “I bought you those gifts, hours of work, months of planning!!” but instead some jolly mythical creature gets to take the credit! As you can imagine, I much appreciated this part of the book.
Now as I read this to my Son and Daughter (younger at 2 and a half), I did wonder if the “but where’s Santa?” questions would arise. However they didn’t. I feel the book has cleverly included the Character of Santa but postponed him for a year.
Another element I need to mention and haven’t yet is the illustrations. They literally bring the book to life. I loved the artwork in this book, the rich colours and detail. A festive palette has been chosen and it works well with the story, bringing it to life.
Overall I would give this book a rating of 5 out of 5. I think it’s important to show the values of Christmas and remind people it’s about family. I know mine mean the world to me, there’s nothing better than spending time with them around Christmas.
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