Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever

Ages: 4 - 8Publisher: Candlewick Press Author/Illustrator: Matt Tavares


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has his origin story, so why not the rest of Santa’s reindeers? In this lushly illustrated picture book by Matt Tavares, it begins when a doe named Dasher escapes a traveling circus, follows the North Star and chances upon Santa who is struggling to deliver toys in his one-horse drawn sleigh.  Dasher’s offer to help is gratefully received and thanks to Santa, her seven family members are soon rescued from the circus to join her (and Santa’s horse gratefully retires). Tavares’ numerous works as author-illustrator and illustrator include his 2017 Christmas picture book, Red & Lulu; and his series of baseball themed books (Becoming Babe Ruth, 2013; Growing Up Pedro, 2015, etc.).


Lynne Heffley ©2019 Parents’ Choice

A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.

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