We've all heard about the heartfelt letter an eight year old girl named Virginia wrote to a New York newspaper asking, "Is there a Santa Claus?" When the editor responded with an emotional and stirring piece about childhood and imagination, the story has been shared for years.
Now the stirring tale has been brought to life in what's sure to become a classic children's book, Yes, Virginia: There Is a Santa Claus. The book recounts the classic holiday tale that asks the age old question every child ponders at some point in their life and brings to life the magic Christmas brings.
Follow along as Virginia is made fun of by the meanest, bossiest, snootiest girl in town who claims Santa is not real. Claiming it's 'baby stuff,' Charlotte sets Virginia on her mission--to prove that there IS a Santa Claus. Virginia visits the library, questions a man dressed like Santa on the street, and finally writes her letter to the New York Sun. But when Charlotte finds the letter in the garbage can and rubs it in Virginia's face, Virginia can't believe it. That night, the man dressed like Santa, who Virginia had met on the street, bursts into the newspaper's office and demands that the editor answer it to give the whole city something to believe in. When Virginia wakes the next morning, she's surprised with an editorial, a message written just for her.
Chris Plehal has done an amazing job of bringing the story of Virginia to life for young readers and every child who's ever dreamed of Santa will especially love the illustrations by James Bernardin.
In addition to this beautiful book, Virginia will also be featured in an animated special on CBS on Friday, December 17th and even debuted as a balloon giant in the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. How cool is that?
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (September 28, 2010)
Source of review copy: Publisher