Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa

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Random House Publishing Group, Oct 21, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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A beautifully illustrated gift edition based on the legendary letter and essay that appeared in 1897 in The New York Sun. That letter and its editorial response have become a Christmastime legend. Little did F.P. Church know back in 1897 that his response would come to stand for the affirmation of all the joy and magic of the holiday season.

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User Review  - TBegum1 - LibraryThing

This book basically tells kids who always ask if there is a Santa, that there is. We may not be able to see him, but he does exist. It's a cute little book and has nice illustrations. Read full review

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User Review  - Klefort - LibraryThing

Virginia writes to her local news paper and asks the editor if Santa Claus is real. The entire book is the letter that the editor sends back to Virginia telling her that Santa Claus is in fact real ... Read full review

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Francis Pharcellus Church was an editor at The New York Sun when he was handed Virginia O'Hanlon's letter and told to write a response for the next day's edition. Church dashed off his legendary editorial in a very short time, and in doing so struck a glancing blow to skeptics of every era. It was not until after his death in 1906 that it became publicly known that Church had written the reply to Virginia O’Hanlon.

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