The Santa Thief

The Santa Thief 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 s

  • Title: The Santa Thief
  • Author: Alane Adams
  • ISBN: 9781940716862
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 hisIt 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 steals Santa s identity 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.

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    1. The story is set in 1929, the beginning of the Great Depression. When Georgie and his dad are out chopping down their Christmas Tree, his father tells him that Santa might not be coming this year, "Times have been tough, even for Santa", father explains. Georgie begins to wonder if he even wants to cut down and decorate a tree if Santa is not coming. When mother talks to him about the real meaning of Christmas, he comes up with a plan. The images are lovely and really in keeping with the time pe [...]

    2. This is a really nice Christmas book set in the 1920s which explains to children that there is more to Christmas that Santa Claus and the presents he brings. The images are lovely and really in keeping with the period that the book is set - just a bit unsure after reading the book as to why it has "Thief" in the title - still overall a nice read - 4 stars

    3. Sorry not a fan of this book. Was a lovely festive read but didn't feel comfortable reading that santa wouldnt be to my son. I didnt feel good about this at all, so wouldnt recommend this. Shame as it was a nice book up until this stage. I know its different times tec but feel there are to many films/books etc all ready to ruin the magic of christmas for children.

    4. Beautiful artwork reminiscent of a Dickens era Christmas grace the pages to tell a charming story about a young boy who only wants new skates for Christmas.It seems almost impossible to believe there once was a time when children wanted something as simple as just a single pair of ice skates considering now it’s not Christmas without enough presents to practically hide the tree and there must be at least one $500 video game system in the bunch.Taking into account the emphasis on gifts in moder [...]

    5. I can't think of a more convincing recommendation for this book than the fact that our 21-month old always picks this book up to read, even though we're going on three weeks post-Christmas! He loves the rich, warm colors and the open, plaintive faces on the characters. The plot itself has charming echoes of O. Henry's Gift of the Magi, one of our favorite Christmas stories. A winner!

    6. The story itself is fine - straightforward, heartfelt, meaningful, not religious. But it is lacking something; it feels like a page is missing, like it isn't finished. Also, how does the title relate at all? It is a bit misleading. The illustrations of the people felt cartoony, and not in a great way, although the backgrounds were better. Overall, it is fine. Not offensive, not harmful, worth a library read or being part of a larger rotation of holiday stories. But unlikely to ever be an annual [...]

    7. 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 c [...]

    8. DescriptionIt’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 [...]

    9. I think this book needs a new title. I was expecting something cheeky and fun loving. Instead I got a heartfelt book that many parents should read to their children during holidays. Our little boy really wants a pair of ice skates for Christmas, but his parents warn that Santa may not be able to make it this year. Times are tight and tough. The little boy decides to be Santa for his family and make gifts he thinks they will love. In the end he gets his skates, but not from Santa.I think the reas [...]

    10. This book follows a boy named Georgie and how he was really looking forward to Christmas. He had written to Santa for a new pair of ice skates because his was too small. The story was set in the 1920's and I loved how it painted the picture of the hardships and poverty-stricken times but I really didn't care much how it ended. Children are only children for such a short time and I am sure when Georgie was older he would realize that his parents worked and struggled to buy him those skates. He di [...]

    11. The time period in the book is set in the 1920s, which I like, because you don't see to many Christmas books in that time period. I read this book to my son and he really loved the book that we read it twice. He loved the illustrations in the book, which has some great details in the art. There is a good moral to the story to teach your children that Christmas isn't just about the presents. Also, a good topic that I got to discuss with my son, is what was going on in 1929, which was the Great De [...]

    12. The Santa Thief is a sweet story about the true meaning of Christmas. It is a book that will warm your heart as Georgie learns another lesson about giving to others. The Thief Series is well written by Adams as she weaves a tale about 1920's life and shares the adventures of this cute freckled face boy based on her father's life. We could all learn from this story. is always better to give than to receive!

    13. The artwork for this book is absolutely stunning! This is a lovely old-fashioned story of hard times at Christmas, but finding the true joy in the season. I would have been satisfied if Georgie didn't get what he wanted for Christmas and instead learned the joy of giving alone; instead his gift seemed almost inefficacious. But still, all in all, very lovely picture book for Christmas.I received this lovely ARC title from NetGalley, thank you!

    14. I gave it to my 7 year old granddaughter who could read it to her 2&1/2 brother. I watched them read it together and she would explain the story in more detail with the great pictures as well. It was fun to watch them and as I had only perrused the book quickly I was impressed with her reading skills and she loved reading itI enjoyed the camaraderie. Good book!

    15. This is a sweet little book intended for the young child. It presents a positive Christmas message of remembering the spirit of giving rather than the expectation of getting. A great book to read with the grandchildren!I won a copy of this book in a giveaway for this honest review.

    16. Free Book for me from . What a great little book to remind us of what it was like during the Depression Era of our Grandparents. story should never be forgotten for all of those who struggled during that time. It's not a pretty picture but it happened. The art work in this book was very good too.Merry Christmas

    17. Cute Christmas story for children. I'll definitely will be reading this to my little one in the near future. I recommend it for toddlers and ages around 4-8. It's a story you can read to your children, have them read it to you, or read it together. I recommend it to those looking for a new Christmas story to read to their little ones.

    18. Beautiful copy. I can understand some people's hesitation, but this is set in the 20s. Even today, not everyone is blessed to have Santa visit. I think there are good lessons to be found in this book. If Santa is used as a behavioral tool, this story can also be used as a humanitarian tool.

    19. This is the first book I have read by the author Alane Adams. The illustrations for this book is excellent. The story is good for the time period it is set in. It has a good message. I just do not get how the title reflects to the story.

    20. Very nicely illustrated with a heartwarming Christmas message. I look forward to a child discovering this in our kid’s little free library in December.

    21. This is a book to read to a child sitting on your lap. The pictures are what really make it special, the little details like the father's stubble and the holes in the little boy's boot. My grandparents would've been about the same age as our protagonist; I wish they were still here to read it to my nieces and nephews, adding commentary as they went. As it is, I have sent the book to my mother. Can a Baby Boomer pinch-hit for the Greatest Generation? If not, I know a super-curmudgeonly Gen-Xer wh [...]

    22. The book is a wonderful addition to any kid's bookshelf. It reminds children that Christmas is more than about presents and it beautifully illustrated.

    23. Beautiful illustrations and a charming Christmas story to make your heart melt. A lovely reminder to children that not everyone is flush with money for fancy gifts, and thoughtful presents from the heart have much more magic!Thank you Net Galley for the book to review.

    24. lipsyy.wordpressThe Santa Thief was a nice little story about a boy who is told that Santa won’t be coming this year. It’s set in the 1920s, and times are hard for Georgie’s family who would like nothing more than to buy him a new pair of ice skates, but they just can’t afford it, so Georgie decides that he’ll just have to be Santa himself!I thought this book was written well and the illustrations were lovely, and I’m sure it will capture the heart of very young children, but I was a [...]

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