Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Review: Secret Santas and the Twelve Days of Christmas Giving by Courtney Petruzzelli

 And now, to today's review! This one hits the spirit of Christmas and inspires a real thing kids can do to help spread Christmas joy. The idea of Secret Santa is something I first learned about when I moved into our current area, and I love the idea. It doesn't take much to put a smile on someone's face, but we forget that so often.


And the Twelve Days of Christmas Giving
by Courtney Petruzzelli
Illustrated by Melissa B. Snyder
Puppy Dogs and Ice Cream
Picture Book
40 pages
ages 8 to 12

Help children learn the true joy of giving this holiday season, by introducing them to Secret Santas, and elite team of extra-good children who help Santa spread holiday cheer.

This charming, rhyming, and gorgeously illustrated book is a unique and sweet take on Christmas. Understanding that the holiday season is about sharing and giving helps children to learn important lessons in gratitude, empathy, and generosity.

Every child who reads it will want to become a part of Santa’s secret team, spreading holiday cheer around the world. Secret Santas is sure to be a family favorite for many holiday seasons to come!



This is a book, which not only holds the atmosphere of Christmas but shows how kids can spread a bit of Christmas joy themselves.

Written in flowing rhyme, this is an easy read, which is well-suited to the intended age group. It makes a great read-aloud, too. The illustrations surprised me. They are done with much love, are simply adorable, and hold beautiful scenes. They remind of all the wonderful things the season brings. The style is reminiscent of an earlier time...a bit nostalgic flair. And it fits well. 

This isn't so much of a story as it is an inspiration to how easy it is to bring joy to others by using the Secret Santa method. So, this is a book with a very clear purpose. It's still an entertaining read, though, as it shows kids running around, creating gifts, and delivering them. There's a sense of family warmth as well as the parents get a bit involved. 

If you're looking for something which goes beyond the usual, Christmas tales and actually leads to possible actions, this is the book you're looking for. It even has a Secret Santa Certificate at the end, which can be filled out. This makes readers official Santa helpers in spreading Christmas joy.


Heather N. Quinn said...

What a sweet book. I remember playing Secret Santa in my neighbourhood as a girl, leaving little homemade felt fridge magnets (remember those in the 70's?) at the doors of old people in our community. My sister and I got such a kick out of it.

Tonja Drecker said...

How neat that you did that as a kid! If more kids grew up like this, I do believe it would make a difference