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Author: Elsbeth Claus

Illustrator: David Wenzel

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Publisher: Sourcebooks,

Material: paperback

Summary: There are so many letters to Santa, that Mrs. Claus has to help Santa read them all. Over the years, she has seen a lot of questions. In this book, Mrs. Claus tells you everything you want to know about the complex at the North Pole, Santa's favorite foods (and his exercise routine), why he wears red, and even why you didn't get the present you asked for. This is a picture book that gives kids an insider's view of Christmastown.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, easy reader, reluctant reader

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 6.8

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is an enjoyable book to read, offering history, humor, and advice appropriate for the season. Mrs. Claus has done a lot of reading and has a very nice way of talking with kids. Her answers are well thought out, with direct answers and recommendations. The illustrations are well done, offering never-before-seen images of the North Pole and humor, too.

Pros: Children will appreciate the sincere, thoughtful answers to their most frequently asked questions about Santa Claus.

Cons: It is a bit disappointing that the reading level is so much higher than the target audience's ability to read this themselves.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This will easily become a family tradition. As kids get older, they will appreciate what Mrs. Claus says in new ways.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ARCTIC AIRLIFT   AUNTIE CLAUS   KRIS KRINGLE (A Read-Aloud Movie for Kids Young and Old)

Educational Themes: This is a seasonal story meant to be shared as a family tradition. Mrs. Claus offers her thoughts about living a healthy life and making good choices, but that is not the emphasis of her story.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 6.8

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, bilingual, Spanish, Christmas

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2008

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