Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever

Written and Illustrated by Matt Tavares

An amazing story, based on the legend of Santa Claus. How did Santa end up with all those reindeer and why are there eight of them? Do they like living at the North Pole.

Dasher and her family are part of a traveling circus. It’s not a bad life. Visitors give her carrots, her favorite food. And she gets to spend time with her family. But she dreams of the family’s home at the North Pole, where the North Star is directly overhead. When a gate is accidentally left open, Dasher takes off and heads north. She runs into Santa, who is pulling his sleigh with a single horse. As the number of children grows, the horse is increasingly overtaxed. Dasher is delighted to discover flight and that Santa’s home is her original destination. Eventually, the rest of Dasher’s family joins them, and the eight tiny reindeer gain a new job.

Gorgeous illustrations accompany a heartwarming tale. As a read aloud, younger children will love it. Older children will want to read it again and again.

This great book has been mentioned in several best-of-the-year lists and will win many awards.


  • Title: Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever
  • Author/Illustrator: Matt Tavares
  • Published: Candlewick Press, 2019
  • Reviewer: Sue Poduska
  • Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
  • Grade Level: PreK to 3
  • Genre: Holidays, Legend
  • ISBN: 978-1-5362-0137-6

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