Santa's Birthday Gift

Children - Religious Theme
24 Pages
Reviewed on 04/13/2011
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Author Biography

I am a mother of four and a grandmother of ten. I have written five published award-winning rhymed children’s stories, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, Santa’s Birthday Gift,The Magic Word, Gimme-Jimmy and Manner-Man. I have also written six published rhymed musical plays for elementary school children. I love to write. My friends and family ask me if I think in rhyme and meter, and I have to admit that sometimes this is true! A former teacher, all of my books are in rhyme and all try to teach something like good manners and caring for others. I have had a varied career. I grew up in the Willard Hotel in Washington DC (my Dad was the manager) and lived in the DC area where I was a teacher and coach for ten years; and then became a professional newspaper sports photographer and columnist for several years. Later, I became a Dinner Theatre Company Stage Manager as well as a Talent Manager. Before I retired, I was a Business Administrator, handling payroll and contracts. My husband and I celebrated our 52nd wedding anniversary last June! We are now retired, and we travel in our RV from the east coast to the west coast each year to spend time with our children and grandchildren... sharing my books along the way!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boiling for Readers' Favorite

Santa's Birthday Gift takes two Christmas stories and combines them in one story book. This story begins with the traditional story of the birthday of Jesus Christ. The story continues by telling of the star that shined bright in the sky.

Santa Claus was an angel that lived at the North Pole. He was a toy maker. He saw the bright star in the sky; he filled his sack with toys, hitched his reindeer to the sled and followed the star. When he ran out of snow he began to pray. Suddenly his reindeer began flying through the air. Arriving at the stable, Santa knelt before the baby. He gave the baby his heart. Santa was so excited and happy that he opened his toy sack and gave everyone a gift. The sack never went empty; when he took out a present another would appear in its place. Santa and his reindeer flew around the world giving boys and girls gifts. That is why Santa Claus brings toys to good boys and girls each year on Christmas.

I like the way the author combined the two stories. Too often we as parents allow Santa to be the main focus of Christmas. Santa's Birthday Gift clearly demonstrates that Santa gives gifts in honor of Jesus birthday. This shifts the focus back to Jesus. The rhyming in this book is sure to catch the attention of your child. The pictures have dark backgrounds which makes the bright colors of the scene pop out. This book has a strong Christian message. Sherrill S. Cannon is a talented author her book is sure to become a family favorite.