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Yes, Virginia : There Is a Santa Claus
by Chris Plehal and James Bernardin


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In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote the New York Sun to ask a simple question: Is there a Santa Claus? The editor's response was a stirring defense of hope, generosity, and the spirit of childhood. His essay has been reprinted countless times since, and the phrase "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" has become part of American Christmas lore.  Read more...


 
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Overview

In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote the New York Sun to ask a simple question: Is there a Santa Claus? The editor's response was a stirring defense of hope, generosity, and the spirit of childhood. His essay has been reprinted countless times since, and the phrase "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" has become part of American Christmas lore.

Based on these actual events, Yes, Virginia is the story of a little girl who taught a city to believe.


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780062001733
  • ISBN-10: 0062001736
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publish Date: September 2010
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Holidays & Celebrations - Christmas & Advent
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Fantasy & Magic
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Historical - United States - 19th Century

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-10-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

Believers still take heart in the true account of eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon's 1897 letter to the New York Sun asking if Santa Claus exists--and the resounding affirmative reply printed. Plehal dramatized these events for a 2009 animated TV special and adapts his version to picture book form. If some of the plotting stretches credibility (such as the discovery of Virginia's discarded letter in the trash), the combination of Bernardin's comically exaggerated characters and Plehal's modern, relatable dialogue gives the story some freshness. Ages 3–7. (Oct.)

 
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