Miracle on 34th Street


Title: Miracle on 34th Street: A Storybook Edition of the Christmas Classic

Writer: Valentine Davies, illustrated by James Newman Gray and adapted for picture book by Susanna Leonard Hill

Publishing House: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Date of Publication: October 2nd 2018

Rating: 5 stars

‘’Mother says there’s no such thing as Santa Claus or any of the other silly things children are told in make-believe.’’

To hear these words from the mouth of a child is so sad..During my first year as a teacher, back in 2007, one of the very first difficult moments was a child’s exclamation that ‘’we were all idiots’’ because there is no Santa Claus (or Agios Vassilis as we call him in Greece). To my relief, all the other children disagreed but he vehemently insisted. His parents had told him that the entire Christmas story is only an old-fashioned fairytale. Well, what can I say? Idiots are everywhere along with party-poopers.



Miracle on 34th Street is one of the most beloved Christmas stories, especially in the USA, and needs no introduction. Santa Claus has to prove he is actually the real deal because of a grumpy man’s complaints. And a young woman has to learn to believe in magic. The beautiful, moving story that has kept company to generations is brilliantly ‘’revived’’ in this picture book through cozy, vivid illustrations that evoke a warm, traditional feeling and will remind you of all those children’s book that used to be so impressive in their simplicity and elegance. The text and the dialogue are suitable for young children. This is a wonderful way to travel to the old Christmas days when everything was true…

P.S. Needless to say the child’s parents were not the life of the party, I was not sad to see them leave our school as they thought our teaching methods encouraged children to ‘’live in a fantasy world.’’

Many thanks to Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review


  1. Some people won’t let their children dream. What an idiot parent….Sounds like the substitute teacher who told her class of first graders there was no Santa. Why do that? Wonderful story always has been and always will be.

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    1. I agree with you, Marialyce! There are certain people who want to appear ”modern” and ”progressed”, projecting their views on children, trying to influence them. I mean, if they are not allowed to dream and believe in magic, our world does not stand a chance…Everything has changed so much…My mother used to set a proper stage show to make me believe in Santa Claus. I cannot say I am very hopeful, as a teacher and a woman, when I see the ways some parents use to make their children appear older than their age….


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