Saturday, September 25, 2010

RUDOLPH DAY...SEPTEMBER 25, 2010--BOOK REVIEW: SANTA & THE LITTLE TEDDY BEAR by PETER JOHN LUCKING

 
Sorry for the late hour of this Rudolph Day post...I've been very busy with my Fall Catch-Up Read-A-Thon and the start of Banned Books Week today.  But I have a very special treat for you...a new Christmas book by Peter John Lucking!

SANTA AND THE LITTLE TEDDY BEAR--Written & Illustrated by PETER JOHN LUCKING (releases Oct 2010)


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I was very pleased to have the opportunity to read and review this book.  I read it with my sons (ages 7 and 8) and it was such a fun experience.  The story is about a sad little teddy bear that never gets bought from the toy shop and so he never gets to make a child happy on Christmas day.  He is very sad about it and it's looking like this Christmas will be the same...until Santa shows up.  The teddy bear accompanies Santa on his Christmas Eve journey delivering presents to little children around the world.  Along the way, the teddy bear learns about self-esteem and self-discovery and finding a way to be happy in the world.  Interlaced throughout the story are lyrics of traditional Christmas carols and then there are pages with the entire lyrics of the songs for singing along with the family.  Also, each stop that Santa makes is in a diffenrent country so we learn about new places and cultures.  There is even the story of the Nativity and the Immaculate Conception.  For me, the piece de resistance of this book were the wonderful illustrations.  They are absolutely gorgeous (I've included a few here...aren't they beautiful?).


This book would make a wonderful addition to any family's holiday book collection.  Not only does it help us recognize the spirit of Christmas, but it also helps us to celebrate and enjoy the beauty of Christmas and learn a few important lessons along the way. 

Thank you to Peter for allowing me to read and reviw his wonderful book!

About the book:
Dedicated to the children of the world.

Love, Peace, and Joy to All!

A magical ride with Santa and the reindeer takes a teddy bear on a whirlwind adventure to become a special Christmas gift.

Get ready! It’s Christmas Eve! Free your spirit, fly around the world with magic transportation on this epic action-packed adventure roller coaster ride.

Visit exotic places, far beyond Woop Woop and the Black Stump. Encounter strange creatures and cultures and sing along with the characters in an enchanted unforgettable ride.

Book 2, Coming Soon--SANTA AND THE LITTLE TEDDY BEAR: THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING LETTERS

Visit the WEBSITE to learn more and if you'd like to purchase a copy.



6 comments:

  1. Sounds like an adorable book. It reminds me a bit about the movie I have with Tangerine Bear. I think it's just Teddy Bear wanting to have a home for Christmas though. Great review.

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  2. Thanks Ryan! I loved it! He sent me the PDF for review, but he's going to send me the print copy when it releases. I'm so excited! And he's sending me some PDF coloring pages for the boys. If I can, I'll forward copies to you for Aidan.

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  3. That would be awesome, thank you!

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  4. I am so thrilled with your review of Peter John Lucking's book, "Santa & The Little Teddy Bear." My daughter, who is five, has really been enjoying it and wants me to read it to her every night. She loves the beautiful illustrations, songs and I love sharing the "real" Santa Claus with her. I think this one will be a classic and wish there were more like it out there.

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  5. Somebody is a bit Christmas obsessed....LOL (Actually the music playing on your blog is nice).

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  6. How gorgeous is this?! This year has seen a lot more Christmas children's books finding their way into my house and I have to say that I'm loving the retro - nice, thick pages, lavish illustrations, beautiful bindings. This definitely looks like one to add to the to-buy list! Thanks for the review!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

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