DEAR SANTA, PLEASE COME TO THE 19TH FLOOR by Yin

DEAR SANTA, PLEASE COME TO THE 19TH FLOOR

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Age Range: 6 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Yin and Soentpiet collaborate for the second time (Coolies, 2001) with this long first-person story narrated by a Hispanic boy named Willy. His best friend, Carlos, is in a wheelchair due to an unspecified accident, and they both live in a New York City high-rise apartment building in a neighborhood that Willy calls “scary and rough.” Willy sends Santa an e-mail asking for a gift for Carlos, and Carlos does the same for Willy. On Christmas Eve, Santa arrives in the street outside and, after a long climb up 19 flights of stairs, shedding his garb along the way, gives Carlos a basketball (even though he can’t use it in his wheelchair) and Willy a telescope. The basketball and Santa’s visit are supposed to give the boys hope, and perhaps they shall, though it’s a stretch. Soentpiet’s realistic watercolor illustrations give each character an individual personality, and Santa seems quite real, especially when he arrives in the street, as he struggles to make it up the stairs with his pack of heavy gifts, and in the cover illustration as he looks at his computer screen. Though the overall story is a touch sentimental, its realistic urban setting, not seen enough in picture books, will help it find its audience. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-399-23636-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Philomel
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2002




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