Synopses & Reviews
In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote the New York Sun
to ask a simple question: Is there a Santa Claus? The editor's response was a stirring defense of hope, generosity, and the spirit of childhood. His essay has been reprinted countless times since, and the phrase "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" has become part of American Christmas lore.
Based on these actual events, Yes, Virginia is the story of a little girl who taught a city to believe.
Believers still take heart in the true account of eight year old Virginia O'Hanlon's 1897 letter to the New York Sun asking if Santa Claus exists and the resounding affirmative reply printed. Plehal dramatized these events for a 2009 animated TV special and adapts his version to picture book form. If some of the plotting stretches credibility (such as the discovery of Virginia's discarded letter in the trash) the combination of Bernardin's comically exaggerated characters and Plehal's modern relatable dialogue gives the story some freshness. Ages 3–7. (Oct.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote to the "New York Sun" newspaper to ask a simple question: Is there a Santa Claus? This edition is based on the 2009 CBS animated special. Full color.
About the Author
Chris Plehal is a writer who works in television, radio, and advertising. In 2009, he wrote and helped produce the Yes, Virginia animated special on CBS. When he's not traveling to strange countries, he lives in New York City with his wife, Tate. This is his first book.