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Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole



by
Bob Raczka
illustrated by
Chuck Groenink

Edition
Library edition
Publisher
Lerner
Imprint
Carolrhoda
ISBN
9781467718059

Awards and Honors
NCTE Notable Poetry List 2015; 2014 Cybils Awards Finalist, Poetry
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

“Wishes blowing in / from my overfilled mailbox— / December’s first storm.” Santa Claus writes a haiku each day, from the first of December through Christmas. Full-color illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

9 1/4" x 11"

Dewey

811/.6

AR

4: points 0.5

Lexile

NP

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2014

Book Genres


Topics

Poems. Haiku. Santa Claus. Mrs. Claus. Elves. Reindeer. December. Christmas. The North Pole. Winter. Anticipating a holiday.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

Junior Library Guild

  • An engaging picture book that offers a fresh take on classic Christmas themes.
  • The haiku form proves an effective and evocative vehicle for capturing both the snowy environs of the North Pole (“December 13th: Mother Nature trims / her trees with icicles, snow, / pinecones, and moonlight.”), and the wonder and magic of the holiday season (“December 4th: Sprinkling sand on my / snow-covered steps, thinking of / nutmeg on eggnog.”).
  • Chuck Groenink’s artwork hits all the right notes. His warm, bright illustrations of life inside Santa’s house are intimate and lively, while his striking night scenes trade the homestead’s reds and browns for crisp, wintry whites and blues.
  • A gentle sense of humor permeates a number of the poems: “December 20th: Workshop warning / in effect, heavy sawdust / accumulation.”
  • Readers may be inspired to create their own winter- and holiday-themed haikus.

School Library Journal

Quiet haikus written by Santa Claus are gift-wrapped in lovely folk-inspired, jewel-toned spreads. From December 1 to December 25, he shares seasonal selections that capture the spirit of the holidays and the activities at the North Pole. Younger children will enjoy the charming and humorous illustrations, while older readers might be inspired to create their own haiku celebrating the holiday or any other subject. Raczka uses the traditional elements of the commercial aspects of the holiday to create quiet moments to savor. For example: “December 16th” “Dripping snow freezes/into icicles; cookies/bake in the oven.” A lovely and enticing addition.—Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library

Horn Book

Readers are offered a day-by-day “glimpse of life at the North Pole” in twenty-five festive haiku “penned” by Santa himself. The poems are rich with tender emotions (“Mrs. Claus making / an angel, becoming a / little girl again”) and crisp imagery (“Sprinkling sand on my / snow-covered steps, thinking of / nutmeg on eggnog”), all reflected affectionately and vividly in Groenink’s art: a smiling, rosy-cheeked, bundled-up missus makes snow angels while textured grains of sand are strewn over the icy cottage stairs beside her. A warm seasonal collection notable for its clever, gently comical visual details (note St. Nick’s adult beverage as he relaxes in an armchair on December 26th). katrina hedeen

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild

  • An engaging picture book that offers a fresh take on classic Christmas themes.
  • The haiku form proves an effective and evocative vehicle for capturing both the snowy environs of the North Pole (“December 13th: Mother Nature trims / her trees with icicles, snow, / pinecones, and moonlight.”), and the wonder and magic of the holiday season (“December 4th: Sprinkling sand on my / snow-covered steps, thinking of / nutmeg on eggnog.”).
  • Chuck Groenink’s artwork hits all the right notes. His warm, bright illustrations of life inside Santa’s house are intimate and lively, while his striking night scenes trade the homestead’s reds and browns for crisp, wintry whites and blues.
  • A gentle sense of humor permeates a number of the poems: “December 20th: Workshop warning / in effect, heavy sawdust / accumulation.”
  • Readers may be inspired to create their own winter- and holiday-themed haikus.

School Library Journal

Quiet haikus written by Santa Claus are gift-wrapped in lovely folk-inspired, jewel-toned spreads. From December 1 to December 25, he shares seasonal selections that capture the spirit of the holidays and the activities at the North Pole. Younger children will enjoy the charming and humorous illustrations, while older readers might be inspired to create their own haiku celebrating the holiday or any other subject. Raczka uses the traditional elements of the commercial aspects of the holiday to create quiet moments to savor. For example: “December 16th” “Dripping snow freezes/into icicles; cookies/bake in the oven.” A lovely and enticing addition.—Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library

Horn Book

Readers are offered a day-by-day “glimpse of life at the North Pole” in twenty-five festive haiku “penned” by Santa himself. The poems are rich with tender emotions (“Mrs. Claus making / an angel, becoming a / little girl again”) and crisp imagery (“Sprinkling sand on my / snow-covered steps, thinking of / nutmeg on eggnog”), all reflected affectionately and vividly in Groenink’s art: a smiling, rosy-cheeked, bundled-up missus makes snow angels while textured grains of sand are strewn over the icy cottage stairs beside her. A warm seasonal collection notable for its clever, gently comical visual details (note St. Nick’s adult beverage as he relaxes in an armchair on December 26th). katrina hedeen

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