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Not a creature was stirring to windward or lee.
The sailors were nestled all snug in their racks
Like orders of pancakes, so tight were the stacks. One Christmas Eve out at sea, some homesick sailors are paid a visit by Master Chief Claus, the Santa of Sailors. This lively and poignant tale was inspired by Clement C. Moore's classic yuletide poem.
- ISBN-13: 9780385369985
- ISBN-10: 0385369980
- Publisher: Golden Books
- Publish Date: September 2014
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
- Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-09-15
- Reviewer: Staff
A young sailor on lookout duty aboard an aircraft carrier narrates this tongue-in-cheek restaging of Clement Clarke Moore’s poem, a companion to The Soldiers’ Night Before Christmas. Holland and Ford swap out the chubby, bearded Santa for a brawny “Master Chief Claus,” who arrives via a Greyhound cargo aircraft filled with presents. “A salty old dog, he was all chest and arm./ I bet he could bench-press a Jeep with no harm,” gushes the narrator, before the Chief and his crew deliver gifts for the sleeping sailors: “Garcia and Washington, Collins and Yee,/ and Williams and Rubin, and Clark and Ali./ ‘Our mission tonight: to take care of our own,/ Bringing joy to our sailors with gifts straight from home.’ ” Manders’s retro caricatures infuse the sailors with personality in this shipshape twist on a holiday favorite. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)