When Santa Was A Baby

When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Geneviève Godbout.
Tundra Books, 2015.

Happy December, dear readers! Happy Advent! November flew by so quickly, did it not? I wish I could say my house is dripping with seasonal decor now, but no. Mr. B's days off are Wednesday and Thursday, which we spent by having two Thanksgiving dinners last week. The weekend was wet and icy, and our Christmas decorations live in the backyard shed, so we decided to wait until this week to bring them in. Mr. B and I will put up the tree tomorrow, saving a few ornaments for the girls. We start week two of our show tomorrow - ten performances to go! Whew!

I do have two bags bursting with seasonal reads from the public library. As far as picture books go, we're running out of new-to-us material. This adorable book, however, was published in October.

It's another Santa origin story, with a retro mid-century feel. The illustrations look as though they could have come from a 1950s Little Golden Book. It's very simple. Mr. and Mrs. Claus (who are so cute!) have a baby. They love him very much, even if he bellows "Ho! Ho! Ho!," instead of gurgling. As he grows, little Santa continues to puzzle his parents. He gives his toys away to the other children. He asks for a reindeer. Although he's fascinated with the chimney, he is always too hot. [Cue bare-bottomed Santa cooling off in front of the fridge.] But Santa has a dream  of his own, and one day, he makes it come true.









It's a warm, funny book with such lovely artwork. And Santa's sweet, proud parents are my favorite part.

Stay tuned for more Advent, Christmas and winter fun. I have books and movies to share, my play and our Nutcracker field trip to talk about, a visit to Cowtown and to Lindsborg for Lucia Fest, and so much more. I may not post as often as I used to, but this is MY MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR.


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  1. Wonderful! I love his parents too. The art is so cute. I'll save it on my list for next year!

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  2. so sweet. I'll see if its in our library, but I'd say not, US published books come around a year after publication. Have you seen the boy who fell off the mayflower? I got it last week (in the lib) and its a beauty, BUT, one of those picture books not really for the usual picture book audience, its worrying me (first world problems) as I really want the author to make millions from it, but don't think he will. Anyhoo, just wondering what you thought about it, if you've seen it.

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    1. I haven't seen it yet, but the library has it, so I just placed a hold. There are quite a few nonfiction picture books, historical and/or biographical, that read better to older children. I've run into that a lot during my Women's History Month readathons. Perhaps it's like that? Anyway, the reviews on it look fabulous, so I'm looking forward to getting it in my hands! :)

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  3. OH MY GAH this is the CUTEST! I thought this was vintage! Don't the pictures remind you a bit of the old stop motion Christmas specials?? This is DARLING. I love the bit about him trying to give away his toys, ha ha ha!

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    1. The whole thing is so precious. I had to nab it when I saw the cover! :) It made me happy.

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  4. Ok this book is just so darn adorable! How incredibly cute! I want to get it absolutely! It's a must (^_^)

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  5. Late viewer, but must mention why I like the drawings in this book on Santa Claus as a baby-THE RED COLOR IN THE COSTUME. Bright and warm - would not mind having this made into a grandma Mrs. Santa suit. My husband was a Santa for Macy's stores many years ago and the silly thing is that children see him today March 27, 2016 as Santa for real or his best friend. atk

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    1. Aww, how nice! A good friend of mine has been a Santa for the past decade or so. This year was his last. Sadly, we were out of town for the holidays and missed his final photo sessions.

      The illustrations are wonderful, right?

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