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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
“Twas the night before Christmas” is the well-known beginning of a very popular Christmas story about the magic of Christmas, the magic that entices young children to believe. But what about the magic for all living creatures? Does Santa visit all the animals of the world like he visits all the children of the world? And what would Santa say as he handed out gifts to the animals? Perhaps he’ll make a promise like this: “This year when I give out/ my toys to the tots,/ I’ll give them these words/ that may help out a lot.” And what words did Santa promise to share? “I’ll remind them that we/ just can’t do as we please./ We must keep our trash/ out of Oceans and Seas.” Powerful words and Santa’s probably the best spokesperson to spread the message – if only we all would listen.
K.B. Carr’s retelling of the popular Christmas poem in Santa's Green Christmas is cleverly done. All kinds of animals, all over the world, awaken on Christmas Eve for that special visit from Santa. And, as the lyrical re-telling of the classic poem progresses, the animals are introduced with a key point that identifies them. The highlight is after Santa hands out the gifts to the animals and then makes his promise to spread the word, that we humans are the world’s caretakers and we must start doing a better job. If the children of the world won’t listen, who will? The plot is as lyrical as the classic original. Beautifully and creatively told. Love the illustrations.