Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Robert L. May
Antonio Javier Caparo,
Little Simon, 2014
Santa is in trouble. A fog as thick as white soda fizz as enveloped the night and he is really worried that he is not going to be able to deliver his gifts for the children on time. He and his reindeer will have to fly low and slow guided only by streetlamps and houses as the stars and the moon have vanished. This works okay until midnight but when most lights are extinguished by then he is literally in the dark.
Through dark street and houses old Santa did poorly.
He now picked the presents more slowly, less surely.
He really was worried! For what could he do
If folks started waking before he was through?
And then he finds himself in the bedroom of a little reindeer – one who has been teased and ostracised by his brothers and sisters because of his glowing red nose – and suddenly Santa had a solution to his problem!
And, you,” he told Rudolph, may yet save the day!
Your shining bright nose, son, can show us the way!”
Told in a rhythm that mimics Clement Clark Moore’s The Night Before Christmas this is a wonderful story that tells the story behind the familiar song that our children all seem to know so well. It is the original story created in 1939 as a cost-saving measure for a department store chain that gave away colouring books at Christmas and which was eventually translated into the familiar song by the author’s brother -in-law in 1949, becoming an instant and enduring hit.
Superbly illustrated with stunning reality, colour and texture, it is a perfect bedtime read as that night comes closer and closer and little ones are starting to get excited. Told as much from the perspective of Rudolph as from Santa, it opens up lots of opportunity for discussing teasing, emotions and feelings and even how being different can be a good thing. As one who had the trifecta of red hair, freckles and glasses at a time when Shirley Temple lookalikes were prized, I can relate to that concept.
A Christmas classic that needs to be in every Countdown collection!