Troubador Santa's Delight

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Released: 04/11/2010

ISBN: 9781848762688

eISBN: 9781783067398

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Santa's Delight


A heartwarming bedtime storybook to be read to children of all ages during the Christmas season.

It’s the night before Christmas eve and Mr and Mrs Santa are preparing for the busiest time of the year.

This year Santa has been thinking about the rescue services, service people and all those who help us. He wants to somehow thank them for all the work they do.

Santa has a little plan up his sleeve. On the night before Christmas Eve, he decides to take action and surprise all of those on duty by spreading a little festive cheer in their direction.

Santa summons his reindeer and heads straight to the great cities of the world; there he seeks out the rescue workers and spoils them with a magical feast and a present for each and every one of them. He also lavishes his blessings of Good Will and Peace upon them all.

Santa’s Delight is an ideal bedtime story book for children of all ages. It makes children aware of how people within our community help us and encourages a sense of gratitude.

"...What a lovely Christmas eve reading book for children with a parent in Afghanistan...." AFF Magazine

Radio Interview on BBC Three counties radio.

Santa’s Delight is a heart-warming festive fable that recalls the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas is a time of year synonymous with family. Although families are finding themselves increasingly spread out across the globe, at Christmas they come together again and celebrate. Leading with this touching theme, Marisa Laycock emphasizes the plight of public service personnel whose selfless work prevents them from spending Christmas with their loved ones. Laycock wishes to pay tribute to all the servicemen and women who risk their lives in the defense of others at a time of year when their sacrifice is most keenly felt at home. The result is a moving tale that will delight and educate children in equal measure. Laycock highlights the best examples of goodwill in today’s world, encouraging children to enjoy the abundance of Christmas, but also to remember those who protect and care for them. Her worldly message communicates the universal values of generosity, kindness and compassion that will resonate deeply across a wide audience. Santa’s Delight is the perfect bedtime story for parents and children to read together at Christmastime. It is an exceptionally touching read for families who are separated whilst a parent is serving on active duty. This enchanting story offers a meaningful and tender expression of Christmas values that will bring pleasure and comfort to both children and their parents.





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I love the idea of showing how some people (e.g. doctors, police, etc.) give up their time on Christmas Day to care for others. And having Santa want to do something special for them is nice.

by Laura O Neill

Kinda cute! Children of those men and women who are needed in hospitals, military, police, fire, etc... will most likely appreciate this book. It's a nice nod and thank you to the service employees we need, even on holidays.

by catherine hankins

Marisa Laycock

Marisa Laycock was born and grew up in London to Italian Parents and has a brother and a sister. After graduating from the University of Westminster with a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages and Literatures, she obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Postmodernism and Literature at the London Metropolitan University; she then trained as a Montessori teacher. Marisa currently divides her time between teaching and writing and lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and daughter. Her hobbies include yoga, calligraphy and astrology.

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