Book Review: When Santa Turned Green
Have you been waiting for a green Christmas story for children? I found one. While perusing Barnes and Noble the other day I came across When Santa Turned Green by Victoria Perla.
Here’s the premise. Global warming is wreaking some havoc at Santa’s workshop. It’s causing a leak in the roof. Since Santa’s got a big in with the kids of the world, he calls on them to help him take action. The children in the story do small things like planting trees and packing their lunches in reusable containers. Santa starts using solar and wind power and wearing a Green Santa suit.
My first thought when I saw this book was, “ugh.” I don’t need something like this for my kids. They don’t need to be hit over the head with any more green-ness than I already clobber them with daily. But then I started reading some of the reviews from readers on various sites.
Turns out the ones who are loving this book aren’t green parents. It’s the teachers and school librarians who are singing its praises. When Santa Turned Green gives them a very non-threatening way to introduce the subject to younger children. Sometimes I forget that not all kids are being clobbered daily at home like mine are, and they need to be taught this stuff at school.
An anonymous review on Barnes and Noble said:
I am a second grade teacher and have labored over how to appropriately introduce global warming to seven year olds. And yet, this is exactly the audience that needs to be reached. This book came out at just the right time with just the right amount of seasonal joy and reality that isn’t overwhelming or frightening. It outlines a problem and offers solutions. It makes you feel powerful instead of powerless about a very real and very pressing issue.
And Kathie on Amazon said:
I am a retired pre school teacher ( with a degree in literature) and was in charge of the school library selections. This book is on target with the current global situation – a great way to get children involved in their future. I showed the book to several of my teacher friends and they were impressed.
If you’re stuck for a teacher’s gift or you want to make a donation to your school library this holiday season, perhaps this is a good choice. The ideas that it gives kids to help “do their part” are good ones. However, if I brought this home for my boys, they just might clobber me over the head with it. Fair enough.