Christmas, Santa Stories

Santa’s Secret By Denise Brennan-Nelson

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Back of Book:
Everyone knows that when Christmas rolls around Santa employs a legion of helpers to ensure the season goes off without a hitch. But between the Santas on parade, the Santas at the malls, and the ones ringing bells in front of busy department stores…one intrepid investigator wants to know exactly WHO the real Santa is. Armed with a notebook, pencil, and a barrage of questions, can this young detective get to the bottom of Santa’s secret?
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Sleeping Bear Press in exchange for an honest review.
Christmas is among my favorite time to share books with my students. I love that they still believe in Christmas magic. Santa’s Secret by Denise
Brennan-Nelson follows a girl as she enjoys the holiday festivities with her family. Throughout the day, she sees several different Santas. She is perplexed as to which Santa Clause is the real Santa. So, she does what any good sleuth would do, she gets out her notebook and creates a list of foolproof questions.  Readers will be captivated at the surprise ending that shows the magic of a mystery.
The text is written in a first-person narrative which allows readers to connect to the little girl and her inquiry. The rhyming scheme is catchy and well written. Denise put a lot of thought into the sequence and conclusion of the story.
The illustrations by  Deborah Melmon are bright and festive. I loved the details on every page.
This is a fantastic story to share during the Christmas season and is sure to become an instant favorite.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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