Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) November 10, 2012
In Arita Trahan’s charming picture book, The Santa Story and Tina, a young girl learns to enjoy Santa in surprising new ways. With whimsical full-color illustrations by Ross Anthony, this book helps parents emphasize the generosity of the Santa story by playing Santa with their children, as well as for them.
Tina likes to imagine herself playing all the different roles in her favorite stories. At Christmastime she hears magical stories about Santa and eagerly shares in all the typical holiday fun with her friends. Then Tina's mom shows her how to have the most sneaky fun of all – by playing Santa herself and giving secretly through an act of kindness.
This inspiring and delightful storybook is Arita Trahan’s follow-up to her guidebook for parents, The Santa Story Revisited: How to Give Your Children a Santa They Will Never Outgrow, which received rave reviews from experts.
Arita’s inspiration for The Santa Story and Tina came when she told her then-3-year-old daughter about Santa. Shortly afterward, she was surprised to find an awkwardly-wrapped present “for you Mommy – from Santa.” She had expected her youngster to focus on imagining all the gifts she might receive and was touched that she first imagined ways she could give.
Trahan says, “When a child is encouraged to author his own imagination this way, the magic that thrills him throughout the Christmas season becomes even stronger. Whether it’s a doll, a character in a story, or a talking animal, a child’s active imagination allows it to be real whenever he wants it to be. It's a magic that outlives our own effort to create believability, and that’s what we are really aiming for when we ‘play Santa’ for our children.”
For the child in everyone, The Santa Story and Tina is a reminder of what the Santa archetype is really about. Readers of all ages will be engaged by a fresh new perspective of the Santa story, as Trahan offers us the “happily-ever-after” ending we've wanted all along.
The Santa Story and Tina is the perfect gift for every child during the holiday season.
The print version of The Santa Story and Tina includes: free downloadable audio version of the book, I’m Being Santa song, and printable “From Santa” gift cards.
The e-book version is available from major e-book retailers and includes: Audio narration as part of the e-book, as well as free downloadable I’m Being Santa song and “From Santa” gift cards.
WHO WROTE AND ILLUSTRATED THE BOOK?
Arita Trahan (author) also wrote the parents’ guidebook, The Santa Story Revisited: How to Give Your Children a Santa They Will Never Outgrow. Parent (and now grandparent), professional actor, communication coach and acting coach, Arita describes herself as appreciative, nurturing, joyful, organized, insightful, honest, encouraging and adventurous.
Ross Anthony (Illustrator) is an artist and solo world circumnavigator, who has backpacked around the planet. He's sketched and painted people in 32 countries and four continents. As an indie writer, in addition to illustrating children's books, Ross has penned philosophical travelogues, poignant novels, and a funky young adult trilogy. For more information on Ross, his art and his books, check out http://www.RossAnthony.com and use your mouse.
ANSWERS FROM THE AUTHOR
Does this idea work with other ideas of Santa?
Perfectly. A child’s imagination works with the information it is offered and expands it from there. It can sift through and embrace all ideas that are appealing and make them work together magically.
Can a kid play Santa like this and not spoil it for the other kids?
Easily. When they are busy shaping their own Santa story, children intuitively understand that there is no “right or wrong” way to experience Santa. Make-believing is personal. Each child will have their own story about Santa, like every other game of pretend. When it is all part of a wonderful story, there's nothing to spoil for anyone. There is no disappointment to share.
What if my own imagination is a bit stale?
There is no age at which the imagination cannot be reawakened and used. Imagination is durable. It cannot be destroyed or outgrown, only temporarily discouraged or abandoned. By playing Santa with our children, we get to become like them while they become like us. It’s a win-win, play-play, ho-ho-ho situation.
ARITA’S SANTA SONG IS ALSO AVAILABLE
A delightful companion song, I’m Being Santa, with lyrics by Trahan and music by Mark
Horwitz, celebrates the pay-it-forward nature of anonymous giving presented in her Santa books. A playful and inspiring music video of the song is also available at http://www.TheSantaStory.com and on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbh45srDylc), with vocals by Rand Bishop, and featuring the Agape International Children’s Choir in Culver City, California and the Nashville Center for Spiritual Living band.