The Real Santa

Random. Oct. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593178140.
K-Gr 2–A Black child wonders what the real Santa will look like. He’s seen Black Santas featured all over his family’s home, and even on Grandma’s car, but he is determined to stay up and meet Santa for himself on Christmas. When he asks other family members if they’ve ever met the real Santa, Grandpa replies, “Your mama wanted to take his picture once, when she was your age, but she couldn’t stay awake.” When mama surprises the little boy with a brand new camera as an early Christmas present, the little boy is now more determined than ever to get Santa’s photo. After being tucked in on Christmas Eve, the young boy tiptoes downstairs to try and stay awake for Santa’s arrival. Only after he drifts off to sleep does Santa arrive and carry the boy back to bed. Barely awake, the boy dreamily sees that Santa does indeed look just like him. Illustrations are done in the traditional red and green Christmas colors that portray a happy family celebrating the joys of the holiday season.
VERDICT A satisfying Christmas tale that is overdue, and wonderful addition to the shelves.

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