This story, written for military families, is about a visit from “the Santa of Sailors” to those who can’t be home for Christmas.
’Twas the night before Christmas, when way out to sea
Not a creature was stirring to windward or lee.
The sailors were nestled all snug in their racks
Like orders of pancakes, so tight were the stacks.
One Christmas Eve out at sea, some homesick sailors are paid a visit by Master Chief Claus, the Santa of Sailors. This lively and poignant tale was inspired by Clement C. Moore’s classic yuletide poem.
Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2014:
"Young readers who like ships and planes will be drawn to this setting, and anyone with a connection to the U.S. Navy would be pleased to find this under the Christmas tree."
CHRISTINE FORD and TRISH HOLLAND co-authored the Golden titles The Soldiers' Night Before Christmas and Ocean's Child. Trish Holland has penned the Little Golden Books Lasso the Moon, Come Back, Zack! and I Can Do It!
JOHN MANDERS is a prolific illustrator of books for children. He most recently illustrated COWBOY CHRISTMAS for Golden Books, as well as THE SOLDIERS' NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.