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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
Secret Santas by Sylva Fae tells the story of Santa Claus from the very start when he was an old man living in a small village called Elfenden. Santa loved walks, but he often got lost. It was snowy and he wore white, so the elves had trouble finding him. They made him a red snowsuit and gave him a magic stick to find his way back to the magic tree. Grateful Santa secretly made gifts for his friends, and on December the twenty-fourth he decorated the tree and left the parcels underneath. But elves are chatty. In no time, the story spread to the next village, and soon it was known worldwide. How could Santa possibly fulfil every child’s wish to have presents delivered by Santa?
Secret Santas is such a logical explanation of how one red-suited, white-bearded old man contrives to deliver billions of gifts to children all over the world that I believed it... at least for the time it took to read this beautifully illustrated picture book. It is an entertaining story, but more than that, I loved the way it incorporated the true spirit of Christmas... kindness, caring, and sharing. Who are Santa’s secret helpers? Could one be the lady in the sweet shop, or even your dad? It’s rare to find a picture book with a story that compares to those of Julia Donaldson, but Sylva Fae has achieved it with Secret Santas. It’s a must-have whether you’re a toddler, a grandparent, or anywhere in between.