Did the Big Bend Bears send a letter to Santa?
On the night before Christmas,
Santa mounted his sleigh.
The presents were packed;
Time to be underway!
The night air was chilly,
the hour was late—
When a letter came in from a faraway state.
Santa is all ready to leave on Christmas Eve, but last-minute letters are arriving from Texas! From a little girl who is wishing for snow, to a bluebonnet, Guadalupe bass, and mockingbird all looking for a bit more attention, to the bears asking the reindeer for a play date, each letter contains a humorous request that gets even Santa chuckling. Even better, each letter comes tucked in its own pocket envelope with other delightful extras like cards, money for toll roads, and even a map of Texas! How will Santa respond? It's Texas Christmas magic you'll have to see!
Excerpt, pages eleven-thirteen (with insert), from Dear Santa, Love Texas by Michele Robbins, illustrated by Pham Quang Phuc. Copyright © 2020. Reprinted by permission of Familius. All rights reserved.
Michele Robbins loves hiking new trails with her family and settling down with a good read-aloud. She lives in California with her rambunctious children, amazing hubby, and a cat who puts up with all of their noise.
Pham Quang Phuc is the winner of the 2018 ASEAN Illustration Award, Best in Fiction, and his book Dreams Are Calling was a Scholastic Picture Book Award Finalist. He currently works as an art editor for Kim Dong Publishing House—the oldest publishing house for children in Vietnam.