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Jolly Old Santa Claus Paperback – 15 Aug 2005
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This title is intended for ages 3 to 6 years. Meet Santa, Mrs Claus and the hard-working elves; then share the excitement of Santa's ride, his trip down the chimney, and the joy of surprises under the Christmas tree.
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The old version (now out of print with a mint one now costing about £100) was a bit smaller, yet had more scenes in it, and was a better quality print. The new one also seems to have zoomed in on some of the old scenes and only printed part of them. Plus it edits some of the book sequence around from the original. (Also, in a fit of political correctness, any pipe smoking by Father Christmas or the elves has been air brushed out)
However, although it would be great if the old one was re-published, I still found the new one very enjoyable to read to my 4 year old daughter, and for me it's still a 5 star book, even though I know the one my father used to read to me is better!
You get a real sense of a traditional Christmas, with the illustrations by George Hinke still a thing of beauty and wonder, especially for the young ones. My daughter often just asks me to stop telling the story so she can look at the pictures in detail, as there's so much contained in them. I would recommend this book every time.
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