by M. Maitland DeLand, illustrated by Phil Wilson
I was sent a children’s book called “Baby Santa and the Gift of Giving” written by M. Maitland DeLand in exchange for my honest review. I was so excited when I receive this beautifully illustrated hardcover Christmas book that I could share with my niece and nephew. So, over the Thanksgiving holiday, we grabbed a snugly blanket and sat down to read the story together.
Baby Santa and the Gift of Giving opens with Baby Santa accompanied by reindeer and elves dashing off to New York City only days before Christmas, following the arrival of a letter at the North Pole from the Bond family asking Santa: How can they share the spirit of giving on their upcoming trip to New Your City?
We follow Baby Santa and the Bond family as they travel around New York City, visiting the children’s hospital, animal shelter, and more sharing the holiday spirit, food, and gifts along the way.
It ends with Baby Santa heading home to help Santa prepare for the holidays.
My niece, nephew and I really enjoyed this story about kindness and sharing. Young children naturally think that the world revolves around them, but it’s important to work to instill the spirit of generosity in them. This beautiful story in rhyming text lends the opportunity to remind children the holidays are about so much more than gifts.
To learn more about M. Maitland DeLand and her other books check out her site or become social on Facebook or Twitter. As an added bonus, we were provided a link to download the Baby Santa Game app free of charge to share with you all.