The Santa Thief by Alane AdamsThe Santa Thief by Alane Adams

The Santa Thief

byAlane Adams

Paper over Board | November 7, 2017

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It's winter in Girard, Pennsylvania and the pond is completely frozen over-ready for a young boy to go skating!-but Georgie's ice skates are too small. All Georgie wants for Christmas is a new pair of skates. But times are tough in 1920s Pennsylvania, and he gets the disappointing news Santa might not come this year. Follow Georgie as he decides to take matters into his own hands-and discovers what Christmas is all about. The Santa Thief is a heartwarming tale of boyhood set in 1920s Pennsylvania for children ages 4-8.
Alane Adams is a children's author, professor, and literacy advocate. She is the author of the Legends of Orkney fantasy mythology series for tweens and writes Early American picture books for young children. Adams lives in Southern California.
Title:The Santa ThiefFormat:Paper over BoardDimensions:32 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:November 7, 2017Publisher:SparkPressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1940716861

ISBN - 13:9781940716862


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The real meaning of Christmas This heartwarming book is a perfect read for Christmas or to give as a gift. The setting is rutal Pennsylvania in the year 1929. Georgie and his hardworking dad, the day before Christmas, set out to cut down the perfect Christmas tree for the festive occasion. Georgie is excited because he has sent a letter off to Santa requesting a brand new pair of ice skates because his old ones are too small. He assures his father he is worthy of a new pair because he has been a good boy, he did all of his chores like he was asked, and he got very good marks in school so it's a ringer that his request should be granted. Georgie's dad's reply makes him very sad indeed... "Papa patted his shoulder." I don't know if Santa's coming this year, Georgie. Times have been tough, even for Santa. Maybe next year." Georgie is devasated. What's the use of having Christmas at all then if he can't get his skates. Might as well just cancel it. He refuses to help his mom decorate the new tree and is sent to his room to think about what Christmas is really all about. "Christmas isn't about the gifts," Mama scolded. "It's about doing something special for others. Why don't you go to your room and think about that?" Poor George, Christmas is ruined for him... or is it? While laying in his room he has an epiphany and decides to make Christmas a happy, memorable time for his parents instead of wallowing in his self-pit and woe. He stays up most of the night designing himself a Santa suit from dad's old long johns and he creates perfect gifts to give to both his mom and to his dad. Will Georgie get rewarded for his transformation from a Grinch's heart into one of unconditional sharing and giving? Georgie finally discovers the true meaning of Christmas and gets his just reward. The illustrations are life-like, colourful and so expressive. This is the third picture book by award-winning Alane Adams and illustrator Lauren Gallegos, in the series of "Thief" stories. This book will be a delightful and meaningful start to your holiday season. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-10-17

Editorial Reviews

2018 IPPY Gold Medal Winner in HolidaySPARK Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing for Children: Illustrated Book category2017 USA Best Book Award Winner in Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction2017 Today Show winter book selection"The appealing illustrations glow with lamplight and provide many small details that ground this story in a Pennsylvania farmhouse in the 1920s, and Georgie's dark eyebrows and freckles give him personality. VERDICT A pleasant, if slight, slice-of-life tale."-School Library Journal"An entertaining story with a plucky main character, a problem-solver rather than a thief."-Kirkus Reviews"With Christmas right around the corner, Georgie is disheartened to learn that rough times mean Santa may not be able to deliver the ice skates he has been wishing for, in The Santa Thief. Set in small-town Pennsylvania circa 1920,the illustrations from Lauren Gallegos are reminiscent of Norman Rockwell's Depression-era portraits, with snowy woods and cozy robe-clad mornings. Georgie regains his holiday spirit with a touching surprise for his hardworking parents."-Foreword Reviews FIVE STARS