Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

How Santa got his job

How Santa got his job

Stephen Krensky
Illustrator:  S.D. Schindler 
Picture Book
For ages 3 to 7
Simon and Schuster, 1998   ISBN: 978-0689806971

Have you ever wondered how Santa got his job? Well in the beginning he was just a young man looking for work. He knew that he didn’t want a desk job so he got a job cleaning chimneys. When that did not quite work out he went on to work for the postal service but he annoyed too many customers by delivering their mail in the middle of the night. As an order filler in a diner Santa ate too much and had to leave that job. At the zoo Santa did very well except that all the animals were envious of his close relationship with the reindeer. Poor Santa had to leave though he felt better because the reindeer decided to leave with him. For a while Santa even worked in a circus until he lost that job too.

Just after losing his circus job Santa met some elves who were wonderful toymakers but who didn’t really know what to do with all the toys they made. Santa came up with an idea and thanks to all the skills he had from his former jobs, he was able to bring his dream to life and create the perfect job for himself.

This funny, light-hearted story about Santa and how he became the man we all know and love is sure to bring a smile to the face of its readers.