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December 9, 2013

12-10 books

EDMOND — ‘MY PEN PAL, SANTA’

BY MELISSA STANTON


What happens when you write to Santa Claus after Christmas? In “My Pen Pal, Santa,” a little girl named Ava is about to find out.

On Christmas morning, Ava is so excited about her presents that she writes a letter to Santa to thank him (and ask why he didn’t eat her Christmas cookies!).

To her surprise, Santa replies, and a yearlong correspondence between Ava and St. Nick is born.

Told entirely through sweet, funny letters from each month of the year, “My Pen Pal, Santa” offers readers a sneak peek at Santa’s life during the off-season. “Do you ever go to the beach?” Ava asks in August, “Mrs. Claus and I take a summer vacation!” her pen pal replies.

When kids at school begin to question whether Santa is real or not, Santa reassures Ava that he is real to the people who believe in him. When December comes again, Ava sends Santa her Christmas List with only one item on it — to meet the man himself!

In an adorable final spread, we see Ava and her pen pal, united at last.

Inspired by her daughter’s letters to Santa, Melissa Stanton’s heartwarming holiday story reminds us all what it means to believe. Accompanied by Jennifer A. Bell’s adorable illustrations, “My Pen Pal, Santa” is perfect for those who believe and for those who remember the wonder of the Christmas season. Children will love seeing behind the scenes at the North Pole, and will find that Santa’s life up on the north isn’t much different from ours at home.

Ages 5-8.

‘THE CHRISTMAS ABC’

BY FLORENCE JOHNSON


“C” is for Christmas-y fun in this festive Little Golden Book reissue from 1962. In “The Christmas ABC,” classic illustrations from Eloise Wilkin show her famously adorable toddlers decorating the tree and opening gifts.

Young readers will surely seem themselves in this book as they learn their ABCs and anticipate Santa’s visit.

With Eloise Wilkin’s beautiful illustrations, this beloved classic is sure to become a favorite for a whole new generation.

Eloise Wilkin is one of the most beloved and prolific Golden Books illustrators. To many, her work embodies “that Little Golden Book feeling,” as well as a certain time in America. Wilkin’s loving depiction of the natural world and her paintings of cherubic children helped make Golden Books an icon. Her Little Golden Books “My Little Golden Book About God” and “Prayers for Children” have never been out of print.

Ages 2-5.

NOTE: Email dpeery@edmondsun.com to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “My Pen Pal, Santa” and/or “The Christmas ABC.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Dec. 16. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway. All entrants must be 18 or older to win.

 

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