Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Book Review - The Legend of Ranger, the Reindeer Who Couldn’t Fly
About the Book
Did you know Santa has a new reindeer? He does and he has an exciting story to tell!
Ranger, little brother to the most famous reindeer of all, has big dreams: to be part of the reindeer team that pulls Santa’s sleigh. The Legend of Ranger: The Reindeer Who Couldn't Fly (Jaberwocky Books, Minneapolis), a new children’s book by Alan B. Salisbury, chronicles Ranger’s quest to fly with the big guy in red, and how he overcomes the obstacles that befall him. All profits from this project will go to support the Antonia J. Giallourakis Endowed Fund in Art Therapy for Children with Cancer at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
Ranger searches all over Santaland for someone who can help him learn the secret of flying. But everyone he asks, including the oldest and wisest elves, Mrs. Claus, and even his famous older brother Rudolph, gives him the same advice: “The secret lies within.” Determined to fulfill his dream, Ranger must find the secret for himself. An emergency trip to the far-off village of Krystalwite to help Santa’s sick reindeer offers Ranger the opportunity to play a part in saving Christmas and, along the way, learn what the secret truly is. The Legend of Ranger contains a heartening and inspirational message about the power of believing in yourself, no matter what challenges lie ahead.
“I would say the ideals in the book and song evolved from my early leadership roles and experiences,” says Salisbury, whose career began with his graduation from West Point. The “be all that you can be” ethos has been a guiding principle throughout his life, one that permeates the inspirational message of The Legend of the Ranger.
The Legend of the Ranger is a multimedia experience, one that includes an audiobook, a plush Ranger toy, and a song, “Dream and Believe,” outlining Ranger’s story. The track was produced by Paul Busdiecker, and features a string quartet from the Nashville Symphony, Busdiecker’s own instrumentals, and angelic vocals courtesy of Mary Allen.
Some themes explored in The Legend of the Ranger, as well as quotes from the book include:
Key message of the book is the last line of the song: “You can accomplish whatever you dream, if you just believe in yourself!”
Think positively: “He could not try to fly thinking he might fail.”
Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from trying: “It’s better to try and not succeed than to fail without even trying.”
My Take on the Book
THE LEGEND OF RANGER is a new Christmas story to share with your children. It is a story that takes place in Santaland, and Ranger is Rudolph's younger brother. Ranger cannot fly so his responsibility is to haul toys from Santa's workshop to the warehouse. Ranger want to fly!
Due to a reindeer illness, Ranger must help retrieve the medicine from another city. However on the way back to Santaland, Ranger proves that he has "the secret within himself" and flies back to Santaland with the medicine. Ranger believes in himself and takes on the challenge of flying to help his fellow reindeer.
This story could lead to a discussion about the challenges your child many encounter. Helping our children to believe in themselves, to persevere, and to accept difficult circumstances , will prepare them to become strong adults.
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