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Santa Claus: The Magical World of Father Christmas

Green, Rod (Author)
Lucas, Jon (Illustrator)
Wright, Carol (Illustrator)
Carlton 2014. 28 pages
First published: 2006
ISBN: 9781783120765 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, setting, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This self-styled history of Santa Claus works hard to uphold the magic, inventing elaborate information about Father Christmas, his habitat, habits and fellow merrymakers. “Santa’s house”, we are informed, “is an old log cabin, built many centuries ago by Santa and the elves.” With magic portals, naughty-and-nice lists, reindeer with distinct personalities, and even a recipe for Mrs. Claus’ cookies, the book strives to conceive of the Santa story as a child might, with all the ensuing questions and details. The book also includes assorted facts: “the word ‘Arctic’ comes from the Greek word meaning ‘bear’”—a reference to the Ursa Major and Minor constellations visible in the northern sky.

Full-page colour illustrations range in palette and setting, from the sweeping whiteness of the Arctic, to the playful, busy warmth of Santa’s workshop, with toys and tools scattered everywhere. Graphic elements complete the otherwise narrative scenes—against a backdrop of the sleigh being tuned and trimmed by a team of elves, a scroll hovers, listing “Santa’s Sleigh Specifications.” The realism of the paintings, and especially of the human (and humanoid) characters, is disarming, and lends an air of additional credibility to this would-be-encyclopedic insight into the secrets of Santa.

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    Go for a picture walk. Discuss the different roles and technological advances found in Father Christmas’ world.

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    Discuss how the book's structures and features help us decide what is fact and what is non-fiction. Sort the information using a T-chart. Use teacher-provided resources to research and check your beliefs.

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    Create your own information box that could be included in this book and write it following the text as a model. Present it to your class and have them determine whether it is fact or fiction.

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    Go for a picture walk. Discuss the different roles and technological advances found in Father Christmas’ world.

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    Discuss the structures and features of this book that help us decide if it is fiction or non-fiction.

  •  In small groups, discuss what role you would enjoy in Santa’s world. Think of ways to make these roles even more efficient.
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    Use the technological information from this book to adapt a well-known Christmas tale, such as The Night Before Christmas.

  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Media Literacy
  • Science and Technology