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My Pen Pal, Santa
Contributor(s): Stanton, Melissa, Bell, Jennifer A. (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0375869921     ISBN-13: 9780375869921
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2013
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Annotation: A lavishly illustrated, year-long correspondence between a devoted young child and jolly Santa Claus begins as a simple New Year's note about some uneaten cookies and touches on the various holidays of the year, during which little Ava learns about how Santa enjoys other seasons.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Christmas; Fiction.
Pen pals; Fiction.
Letters; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Christmas & Advent
- Juvenile Fiction | Legends, Myths, Fables
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2012042911
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 7.25" H x 8.75" W x 0.25" (0.50 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 162415
Reading Level: 3.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
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Contributor Bio(s): MELISSA STANTON is a magazine and web editor and the author of The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide. She lives in the Annapolis area with her husband and three children. She was inspired to write My Pen Pal, Santa when her daughter wrote a letter to Santa after Christmas, thanking him for her gifts and inquiring about some uneaten cookies.

JENNIFER A. BELL is a children's book and greeting card illustrator. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and son. You can find her online at JenniferABell.com

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
"Dear Santa, Thank you for my Christmas presents." So begins Ava's yearlong correspondence with Santa. He's pleased to receive a thank-you note and answers monthly, describing how he's met the Tooth Fairy but not the Easter Bunny, how to handle brothers who don't believe in him, and more. It's entertaining repartee, supported by cheerful illustrations of their respective lives.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 October)

PreS-Gr 2—Kindergartner Ava writes a thank-you note to Santa soon after Christmas and receives a jovial response. Thus begins a year of lighthearted monthly correspondence between the two. Most of the letters revolve around Ava's questions regarding holidays or customs ("Do you know the Tooth Fairy?" "Have you met the Easter Bunny?" "Can you see fireworks all the way up in the North Pole?"). The occasionally busy seasonal layout is still clever and colorful and the text of the letters is easy to read. While the book is not a first purchase, teachers could easily use it to introduce letter-writing skills or the concept of an old-fashioned pen pal.—Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library

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