Santa Claus: The Beginning | Critical Book Review
Love, happiness, and reindeer games! Terry Broxson’s Santa Claus: The Beginning offers a unique take on the beloved figure of children’s dreams.
A Who, Not a What
“Santa is not a what. Santia is a who, and Santa is you. You’ll be known as Santa Claus. It’s a name which means to give freely and lovingly.”
Broxson’s narrative unfolds the origins of the iconic gift giver, focusing on the boy destined for greatness. The tale explores Santa’s formative years and his initial two years as Father Christmas, emphasizing themes of friendship, kindness, and love.
Toy Making and Destiny
“I get a picture in my mind of what I want to carve. I then hold the wood in my hand, and I can feel the image in the wood. It’s as if lines are created on the wood for my knife to follow.”
Set in 1820 Boston, the story introduces Rudolph Stern, a master toy maker, and his mentoring of orphans Benjamin Timmons and John Nicholas. As Nicholas takes on the responsibility of the toy shop, readers witness his journey into training elves, managing reindeer, and spreading joy worldwide.
Navigating Santa’s Role
“Behold the toy shop for the world’s children. John, you’re not dreaming, but your head still might hurt with all you have to do.”
The book follows John Nicholas through the triumphs and challenges of his initial year as Santa, shedding light on the preparations for Christmas and the budding romance with the North Pole castle manager, Jessica. The narrative seamlessly weaves between the creation of Santa Claus and the blossoming love between the future Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Magic and Reality Collide
“Prancer told me there’s a young reindeer who has a shiny nose. It sort of glows. The other reindeer make fun of him, but not Prancer.”
While the Napoleonic Wars and historical figures like Queen Victoria’s mother add an intriguing layer to the story, the interplay between reality and fantasy occasionally disrupts the enchanting narrative. Vibrant illustrations, though at times silly, punctuate the text, providing a visual complement to the tale.
A Whimsical Introduction
“John, there’s nothing more positive than making kids happy. There’s no happier time of year than Christmas. Your mission’s one of the most positive things to occur in many years.”
Incorporating historical context and just the right dose of whimsy, Santa Claus: The Beginning serves as a delightful introduction to the magical world of Santa Claus. As the air begins to crisp, this book invites readers to embark on a journey filled with hope, magic, and love.
Publisher, Genre, Print Length, and ISBN:
|Middle Grade Fiction / Holiday
Love, happiness, and reindeer games! Terry Broxson’s Santa Claus: The Beginning offers a unique take on the beloved figure of children’s dreams. A Who, Not a What “Santa is not a what. Santia is a who, and Santa is you. You’ll be known as Santa Claus. It’s a name which means to give freely and…