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When Santa Fell To Earth

Last updated Thursday, November 30, 2017

Author: Cornelia Funke
Date of Publication: 2006
ISBN: 043978204X
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Dec. 2017

Synopsis: What would happen if Santa fell to Earth? Scared by a storm, Twinklestar, the least reliable reindeer, bolts--causing Santa and his sleigh to crash-land. And though Santa has dropped into a friendly neighborhood, he's not safe: Jeremiah Goblynch, the ruthless new leader of the Council of Yuleland, is determind to put an end to children's wishes and turn the holiday season into his own personal moneymaking scheme. As the last REAL St. Nick around, only Santa stands between Goblynch and his grinchlike plan. With the help and hope of kids Charlotte and Ben, Santa must face Goblynch and his Nutcracker goons to save Christmas!

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  How does Santa like to travel on Christmas?
•  What do you think made Santa's sleigh fall out of the sky?


•  Skewered - to criticize very harshly
•  Caravan - a group of people or animals traveling together on a long journey
•  Dumbfounded - very shocked or surprised
•  Precariously - not safe, strong, or steady
•  Quarreling - an angry argument or disagreement
•  Sullenly - used to describe an angry or unhappy person who does not want to talk, smile, etc.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What happened to Santa's caravan?
•  Who is traveling with Santa?
•  Do you think you would have believed that Niklas was Santa?
•  Do you believe in Santa?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a paper plate Santa. Example on Pinterest.

•  Make a elf out of construction paper.

•  Make a Christmas card for your teacher (or someone in your family or a friend).

•  Check our craft ideas for on Pinterest!

Special activities:
•  Sing Christmas carols.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!