by Alane Adams
Synopsis: 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 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.
My Review: 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 period. It reminds me a bit of Norman Rockwell paintings. The message about giving is more important than receiving is demonstrated in a nice story. Overall a great addition to a family library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.