It is the beginning of December and Mom takes Holly and her little brother, Billy, to see Santa Claus. Before Holly goes to bed, she writes a letter to Santa Claus and leaves it next to the fireplace. That evening, Erol, one of Santa’s elves, finds the letter and takes it to the North Pole. Santa sends a reply, which Holly finds the next morning. Holly writes a few more letters and each time she receives a reply. Along with each letter, Santa includes several remembrances of the holiday season, such as an ornament for the tree, an Advent calendar and reindeer riddles. Each time, he also encourages Holly to include in her letter what she wants him to bring her for Christmas. The book shows the letters Holly has written and contains pockets that hold the answers the elves deliver from Santa. As the story unfolds, it includes hints about what Holly really wishes for, but we don’t find out until the very end. It is fun to guess and predict what Holly is wishing for this Christmas.
Judy Belanger is a retired elementary learning resource center teacher who lives with her husband in Addison. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. She continues to substitute in grades K-6 in the school where she taught.
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