We have NEVER done Santa in this house, I didn’t grow up with Santa in my formative years and always thought it was a bit silly to believe in him, or to encourage children to do so. I deliberately chose to exclude Santa from stories with the lad when he was little as I remember my mom saying “don’t lie on purpose to your children, if they do, they just might wonder what else you are lying to them about.”
That said, every once in a while though I run into a Santa based Christmas Story that I just enjoy, and that I then share with my lad, and when we are done I ask him “what do you think the truth is in that story?” Today I want to tell you about Santa’s Magic Key. This is honestly, just a lovely book. 🙂 I am looking forward to, when this review is over, putting it in the Christmas box for the local gifts for the needy.
His new home doesn’t have a chimney….what is a boy in a new home to do? Worry that’s what! He writes a letter to tell him of this conumbrum…and so the story continues.
Simon Mendez does an excellent job of illustrating the words of Eric James. These beautifully wrought pictures bring the story to life showcasing the story so wonderfully you’d almost feel like you were in the pictures with this young boy.
In this sweet story we get to see the kindness of a shopkeeper, the heart of a young boy, and a future promise. If I read this book to my lad he could easily find truths to hold on to, and so I think would your children. See the truths, enjoy a make-believe story, and touch on a bit of the wonder of Christmas. You just need to look a little harder for it.
I loved that this book comes with a heavy key… what a great way to help children live out the joy of Christmas promise. The illustrations are simply beautiful and the story so easy to read. The large font would make it ideal to read to a group of children gathered round your feet, the pictures large so all could see, and yet the book sits comfortably in one’s lap to share individually with a child.
Reviewed for: Raincoast Books.
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