SOURCE: Library book.
Every year, the Norwegian postal services receives over 30,000 letters from children and adults from all over the world, addressed to Santa Claus.
The Norwegian postal services has never allowed journalists and authors access to these letters until a few years back, when they granted the Norwegian author Birger Sivertsen access to this treasure chest of letters from every corner of the globe.
Dear Santa is the book he compiled after reading thousands of those letters. From both children and adults these letters range from funny to sad, sweet to rude, greedy to joyful and hopeful. And after reading some of these letters, maybe you'll be inspired to send one yourself when you are done!
...... Inner front cover
FIRST LETTER: Caro Babbo Natale,
I wish not to have holes in my teeth for the rest of my life so I can eat as much candy I want all Christmas.
Christmas hugs from Violetta, Italy.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 10): To Santa,
What I want most of all is to have my cosy teddy back. I lost him.
Regards from Karoline, Norway.
MY THOUGHTS: Given that we live in what many consider cynical times in which letter writing is a dying art it was really lovely to find that not only do children still believe in Santa Claus (aka Father Christmas, Babbo Natale, Joulupukki, Shengdan Laoren and so on) but they actually take the time to put pen to paper and write to him.
And its not just adults either. There is a whole section of the book devoted to letters sent by adults.
From children Ashby in Australia who wants Santa and their dad to chip in for a Playstation 2 which their mum says is too expensive to Amy from England who wants Santa to define good and not good. From grown-ups Tore Johannes from Norway whose list includes a minor nuclear bomb and a house on the moon to Lara in Italy who wishes for a letter for her 8 year old daughter who has stopped believing in Santa Claus. From William of Hong Kong who asks for a little snow to Monica of Italy who wants to know if Babbo Natale has teeth like regular people. Dear Santa is funny, sad, and often very telling.
A GUINEA PIG NATIVITY by BLOOMSBURY.
SOURCE: Borrowed from a friend, thanks Pat.
Mary and Joseph travelled to Bethlehem, where their only shelter was a lowly stable. When Mary's baby was born she laid him gently in a manger to sleep.
The little child was worshipped by humble shepherds, a host of heavenly angels and three wise men following a brightly shining star.
This is the classic Christmas story ..... as you've never seen it before.
...... Outer back cover
FIRST SENTENCE: Now the birth of Jesus happened like this.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: The cast of characters as shown at the back of the book .....
MY THOUGHTS: The story of the nativity, of the birth of Jesus but with a difference. Yes, as the title suggests the stars of this book are guinea pigs, all of them dressed in costumes that would be the envy of any school nativity play.
An incredibly cute book, a perfect stocking filler that is ideal for all guinea pig lovers. I can't begin to tell you how much oohing and ahhing was to be heard during its reading. However, some of the parents with whom I shared the book questioned the appropriateness of some of the text for younger readers.
Both books were read for the Christmas Spirit 2013 Reading Challenge. Details and Sign Up HERE, Reviews HERE. Level(s) Reached: Candy Cane, Mistletoe, Visions of Sugar Plums.
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