Short Poems from the North Pole
“December 1: White envelopes float / from my overfilled mailbox— / December’s first storm.” You know that Santa can fly a sleigh, squeeze down chimneys, and circle the globe in a night. But did you know that another of his talents is writing haiku? These twenty-five short poems—composed by Santa himself—give you a peek into life at the North Pole as the December days tick down to Christmas. See the hustle and bustle of the elves’ workshop, feel the serenity of moonlight on fresh snow, and find out how Santa and Mrs. Claus keep busy as Santa’s big night draws near.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Genre||Nonfiction, Picture Books|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Carolrhoda Books ®|
|Number of Pages||32|
- Cybils Finalist
- NCTE Notable Poetry List
The Horn Book Magazine
“A warm seasonal collection notable for its clever, gently comical visual details.” —The Horn Book Magazine
“A heartwarming and cozy offering that encourages appreciating small moments of delight.” —Booklist Online
School Library Journal
“Quiet haikus written by Santa Claus are gift-wrapped in lovely folk-inspired, jewel-toned spreads…. A lovely and enticing addition.” —School Library Journal
“The poems capture the sounds and sights of the season, indoors and out, while conveying the personality of the gentle, perceptive poet and his loving bond with Mrs. Claus….This is Christmas from the heart—with scarcely a toy in sight.” —starred, Publishers Weekly
“An oversize format gives plenty of room for intriguing illustrations with a muted palette and an Old World flavor…. Anyone interested in haiku or poetry for children will find this collection a rare treat.” —starred, Kirkus Reviews
Author: Bob Raczka
Bob Raczka and his wife Amy are the co-creators of three masterpieces: Robert, Carl and Emma. They live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, with their dog Rufus, who is also a piece of work. As a boy, Bob loved to draw—especially dinosaurs, cars, and airplanes. He also enjoyed making paper airplanes and model rockets. He's a lifelong Cubs fan. Thanks to good grades (and some help from his high school art teachers) he went to college at the University of Illinois, where he majored in art. On a whim, Bob took an advertising copywriting class and loved it. When he graduated, he became an advertising writer. But when his first child, Robert, was born, he rediscovered children's books and thought, "I want to do this." So Bob began sending out manuscripts and collecting rejection letters. Five years later, he sold his first manuscript, a book about art called No One Saw. Little did he know, it would become the first book in his ongoing series, Bob Raczka's Art Adventures.
Illustrator: Chuck Groenink
Chuck Groenink is an illustrator from the Netherlands. He grew up in a small town, climbing trees, exploring forests and drawing a lot. All things he still enjoys doing, only these days he lives in Syracuse, NY, with his wife and two scraggly cats.