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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Santaville was a snug village that nestled in the hollow of a hill. That night the North Star twinkled. There were sounds of joy and laughter everywhere and the piles of gifts and toys just kept increasing as Santa's workers and helpers crowded around every table to sew, saw, shape, and paint trains and dolls. A thousand dreams were being made that night and Santa's helpers went to their beds when the village clock showed it was midnight. A blizzard struck that night without a warning. The reindeers were scared as the doors to the stable were blown away, and suddenly there was coughing and wheezing inside the stable. Would anyone be able to save Christmas and Santa by delivering gifts to children on Christmas Eve?
The Christmas That Almost Never Was by Stanley E. Wiklinski is a magical story that captures the essence and spirit of the Christmas season. Gary A. Lippincot's illustrations add color and whimsy to the story. Children look forward to receiving Christmas gifts from Santa and this story captures the behind-the-scenes events and craziness that happens before Christmas Eve. It is a good book to give as Christmas gifts to children and can be used in classrooms and school libraries for read-aloud and storytelling sessions, especially during the Christmas season as it makes the season and its joy palpable to young readers. The author rightly says: "Santa comes on Christmas Eve/To all good children who believe!"