Synopses & Reviews
Flight of the Reindeer Children have believed the legend forever: On one special evening each year a jolly old elf (with a taste for red suits) and eight tiny reindeer (plus one with a red nose) fly all night long to deliver gifts around the world. The fact is, solid evidence aboundsfrom scientists, historians, Arctic explorers and other expertsthat this is not a legend at all, and that the children have been right all along. In Flight of the Reindeer, Robert Sullivan has gathered a wealth of evidence, including photos, illustrations and eyewitness accounts, both old and new, to present the wondrous story of The Christmas Mission. First, the reindeer: Do they really fly? "We used to think it was just extended leaping," says Tony Vecchio, Director of the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. "But recent evidence has confirmed that it is true flight." In fact there is one remarkable breed that flies with a grace and speed unmatched in the animal kingdom. Dasher is one of this breed. So are Dancer, Donder and the other members of "The Team." And Santa Claus? "He's just as real as the gifts he brings," reports Will Steger, the famed Arctic explorer, who, ten years ago, became the first person ever to visit the elusive North Pole village. Steger returned with some astonishing photographic evidence of the village, as well as words of wisdom from the legend himself." I was surprised by how open he was and how much information he wanted me to bring back," says Steger. Indeed, it seems that while Santa feels strongly that he and his village must live and work in isolation, he is not at all reluctant to have us know certain things. In fact, he seems to want us to know. And now, with Flight of the Reindeer, we do.
This "cheerful Christmas classic" (Publishers Weekly, starred review, 9/23/96) is the ideal gift book for anyone who wants to rekindle the magic of the holidays. Robert Sullivan shows just how reindeer accomplish the extraordinary feat of flight and how, with the "jolly old elf" and his village of helpers, they carry out their equally extraordinary undertaking to deliver Christmas toys to children around the world. With the expertise of of some of the world's most renowned Arctic experts, wildlife biologists, historians, and polar explorers, along with authentic photographs and illustrations, Sullivan offers proof positive that Santa and his team really do exist.
In Search of Santa Claus Those who know him best tell their remarkable tales. George Bush President Was a Helper Helping that fellow clear his airspace by signing the Santa Claus Clause was a great privilege of my office. A great privilege." Sir Edmund Hillary New Information on Everest The local people insisted there was something happening up there on the summit every December. Tenzing must have believed that. At the top, I saw him place some cookies in the snow." Al Roker Forecaster to the Elves In one hour in New York you can have snow, ice, rainthen it changes back to snow! Santa has to know what's going on. I tell him." Will Steger Only Man to Visit the Village It was big, but it was small. It was calm, but it was bustling. It was happyyes, I would even say it was jolly. The village was precisely like Santa Claus himself!"
About the Author
Robert Sullivan is a senior editor with Life magazine and has written on natural history, Santalogy and Arctic topics for a variety of magazines. Glenn Wolff's nature drawings appear regularly in The New York Times and have graced several books, including It's Raining Frogs and Fishes. J. Porter, who served as art director of Flight of the Reindeer, is the award-winning art director of Yankee magazine.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Reindeer by the River: It Was a Wondrous Thing.
PART ONE: The Echo of Hooves: Searching for Yesteryear's Deer.
PART TWO: The North Pole Today: On the Roof of the World.
PART THREE: The Miracle of Reindeer Flight: Mysteries Explained, Science Revealed.
PART FOUR: Eight Tiny Reindeer (Plus One): Santa's Starting Team and His Helpers.
Afterword: Like Down on a Thistle, Evermore: Work That Never Ends.