by Elsbeth Claus (Author), David Wenzel (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (November 1, 2008)
What to expect: Christmas, Mrs. Claus, Q & A
Mrs. Claus Explains It All is a must-have for any family with kids that are puzzled by the magic behind Santa’s skills, or, for the kids who are on the verge of becoming non-believers. Its question-and-answer format is attractively presented with illustrations by David Wenzel. Each question is illustrated as a hand written note by a child—Dear Mrs. Claus, I saw Santa on T.V. and he didn’t look the same!—and each response is answered in a grandmotherly way: This must be confusing, with all the many versions of Santa Claus and the North Pole on screen and on stage, but that’s the price of popularity. …
This is a nice choice for Christmas Eve, to explain to young ones how Santa enters homes without chimneys, and great for Christmas Day when others are pondering the thought of how the “jolly guy” fit down theirs. Cuddle up with a warm cup of cocoa for this one!
Publisher’s synopsis: Every year millions of letters to Santa reach the North Pole. Many are requests for presents. And many letters have questions about Santa, the elves and workshops, the reindeer, and, of course, the North Pole.
Now Mrs. Claus has her own gift for you – for the first time ever, she’s taking a break from her very busy schedule to answer real questions from children of all ages. Join her on a tour of the North Pole and learn some of the best kept secrets of Christmas from the person who knows it all – Mrs. Claus!
* How does Santa get into my house if we don’t have a chimney?
* What is Santa’s favorite kind of cookie?
* Where do elves come from?
* Can all reindeer fly?
Beautifully illustrated by David Wenzel, bestselling illustrator of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, this picture book reveals the answers to the questions children always ask – and they’re all answered by the woman who knows the most: Mrs. Claus!
Add this book to your collection: Mrs. Claus Explains It All: (At Last) Answers to the Questions Real Kids Ask!
by Rick McAtee (Author), Barbara Hammons (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 3-7
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Turning a New Page
What to expect: Christmas, Nativity
If why does Santa come every year is the question you’ve been asked, this book may be what you’re looking for. It’s a Nativity based story line of Santa as a little shepherd boy and how he came to give gifts to baby Jesus and then to a child in need the following year. This story currently exists as a paperback, however, it is going to release in a coffee table version in 2010—I think this will certainly be the more visually appealing option. I liked this book: the text is simple, the message is sweet, and I think readers will be humbled.
Publisher’s synopsis: The little child climbed into Santa’s lap, looked him straight in the eye and asked, “Why do you bring gifts every year?” A star shone in Santa’s eye and he said…
Add this book to your collection: Santa Tells Why
Leave us a comment: What great Santa or Christmas questions have your kids asked?