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Reviewed by Melinda Facal for Readers' Favorite
Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, adapted and illustrated by Lauren Martin, shares a magnificent retelling of a true event that occurred many years ago at Christmas. In 1897 a young girl named Virginia was having doubts about the existence of Santa Claus. Her friends assured her that Santa was not real, so Virginia wrote a letter to the newspaper in search of an answer. The editor, Francis P. Church, responded with a wonderful and inspiring letter of hope and faith. Lauren Martin has beautifully captured the essence of this response and shares an inspiring and child-friendly version in this lovely book. The original editorial response is also included at the end of the book. Filled with charming and colorful illustrations, this heartwarming story will delight children and readers of all ages.
Lauren Martin’s adaption of Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus is a joyful and hope-filled retelling of the beloved original letter. Young readers will be captivated as this story highlights the wonder and magic of Christmas. Children are encouraged to believe in things that are not seen or easily proven, but that certainly exist such as love and hope. This beautiful message is important for children and adults alike to remember during the holiday season and throughout the year. The inclusion of the original letter helps children to understand that the existence of Santa has been questioned for many years and the editor’s affirming response heartens children to believe that joy and goodness exist in the world. This uplifting book is highly recommended and will surely become a treasured addition to any library.