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,  11″ x 7″
42 pages
ISBN 978-1-63381-357-1

,  11″ x 7″
42 pages
ISBN 978-1-63381-358-8

by Susan Vaughan
illustrated by Thomas Brooks

Everyone knows about Santa Claus and the North Pole. But did you know there was a time long, long ago when Santa had no elves to help him in his workshop?

After delivering toys around the world, Santa Claus lands his sleigh in the Great North Woods. When the animals see him yawn, Squirrel asks why he is so tired. Santa says that more and more children write to him every year. One day he may not have enough magic to make all the toys in time. Squirrel quivers with an idea. Can animals help? Will they need sleigh magic?


Susan Vaughan loves everything about Christmas—the traditions, decorations, gift-giving, and, yes, the stories. She taught in public schools for many years, twenty-five of them in midcoast Maine, where she lives. She is the author of sixteen novels. This is her first children’s book. Website:

Thomas Brooks is an illustrator specializing in children’s books and nature. He works in a variety of media to bring diverse characters to life, from birds to sea monsters and elves. He currently lives in Massachusetts with two reptiles, a dog, and a human.

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