It's been a while since I've posted a review, but there was no way I could turn down reviewing this beautiful and powerful picture book. And yes, it's my first picture book review! "Santa's First Christmas" was written by Robin Raven and illustrated by Kara Maria Schunk, put out by Vegan Publishers.
In "Santa's First Vegan Christmas," one of Santa's reindeer turns the traditional myth on its head. When Dana the reindeer schools Santa on oppression and the importance of life, not only does Christmas change, so does the whole world. People who focus on dietary guidelines when they think of the concept of veganism
will be taken aback by the way this book weaves in the full range of what this term really encompasses. The story, told in verse evoking the vibe of "The Night before Christmas," is full of heart. My favorite line is "People tried less taking and a lot more giving." I will say the rhythm and meter isn't always consistent, but that's the only negative I can offer on this beautiful book. And let me remark on the illustrations. The illustrations--just gorgeous, vibrant, magical images. So much saturated color and remarkable depth.
I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful little picture book, and I can easily recommend
About the Author
Robin Raven is the human who once belonged to the greatest dog that ever lived. These days, she's an author. Her debut children's book, Santa's First Vegan Christmas, was published in June 2016. She also wrote a time travel novel called Next Stop: Nina.
Born in Mobile, Alabama, Robin grew up in a nearby town called Saraland, and her hometown is a lovely place that still inspires her. As an adult, Ms. Raven has mostly lived in Los Angeles and New York City, so she also considers those cities to be home.
About the Illustrator
Kara Maria Schunk's art depicts her love of animals, nature, dreams, places, and stories. In acrylic painting she is self-taught, and only began painting at the age of 18 after she received a set of basic acrylic colors as a Christmas gift from her older sister. Kara earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from Sacramento State and her Master’s degree in US literature from the University of Edinburgh.
Her art is influenced by her literary background and analytical nature. She creates art that tells a story magnified by fluorescent colors and iridescent rays of light. Kara began showing her work in 2009 and has been featured at various venues in the Sacramento region such as Gallery 14, The Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center, and The Red Dot Gallery, and the Plum Café & Bakery, as well as Tango Frozen Yogurt in Auburn and the Colfax Greek
Bistro in Colfax. Kara has also volunteered her artistic