Santa and Pete: A Novel of Christmas Present and Past

Santa and Pete: A Novel of Christmas Present and Past

Christopher Paul Moore Pamela Johnson / Jun 20, 2019

Santa and Pete A Novel of Christmas Present and Past Long long ago Santa Claus had an African partner named Pete who helped with the holiday rounds Together the friends brought the spirit of Christmas to America s first settlers and shaped future cele

  • Title: Santa and Pete: A Novel of Christmas Present and Past
  • Author: Christopher Paul Moore Pamela Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780684854953
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Long, long ago Santa Claus had an African partner named Pete, who helped with the holiday rounds Together the friends brought the spirit of Christmas to America s first settlers and shaped future celebrations of the holiday But through the years Pete s contribution was forgotten.Now Santa Pete restores the legacy in a delightful story of hope and racial harmony aLong, long ago Santa Claus had an African partner named Pete, who helped with the holiday rounds Together the friends brought the spirit of Christmas to America s first settlers and shaped future celebrations of the holiday But through the years Pete s contribution was forgotten.Now Santa Pete restores the legacy in a delightful story of hope and racial harmony as a grandfather passes the tale on to his grandson during the course of a snowy bus ride.

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    1. I'm a huge fan of Christopher Moore, author of Bloodsucking Fiends and The Stupidest Christmas Angel. I picked up this book figuring that it was an early work of his written in collaborationd I was totally wrong. This is a completely different Christopher Moore. Still, I had the book in hand and kept reading. This is a charming novella told from the perpective of an African-American child in the 1960's listening to the tales of his grandfather about St. Nicholas and his friend Pete. The tale is [...]


    2. This is a very sweet little Christmas tale of St. Nicholas and his forgotten helper a Moor named Pete. It's actually quite lovely mixing fiction and non-fiction with a bit of Christmas, African, Christian & American Indian history and lore all bundled in together and even a theory on how it came to be that a Dutch leader bought the Island of Manhatten for $24 from the American Indians. It's a lesson of love, tolerance, acceptance, friendship and the strength of family and traditiona quick re [...]


    3. I liked the book since it was about family traditions and the real meaning of the holidays whether on celebrates Christmas, Hannaukah, Three Kings Days, Kwanzaa, etc The story of Santa and Pete is an old tale brought over from the Old World incorporating African and European legends. I liked that the story was told from the child's point of view starting with how he didn't want to go with his grandfather, a city bus driver, at first, but becomes interested while learning about old New York (New [...]


    4. What a great concept - telling a story that has been handed down for generations through a story about a man who is the storyteller for his community and family. America is a melting pot of so many cultures, it was a pleasure to read one person's idea of how one tradition was brought to the colonies and "made American".Even though my family has celebrated St. Nicholas Day for generations, I only recently learned that Dutch and Belgium cultures include a Moorish helper. Usually he is over-simplif [...]


    5. I picked this up thinking it was written by Christopher Moore author of such comedy laden books as Lamb, Coyote Blues and Blood Sucking Fiend. However, this is a different Christopher Moore. The Christopher Moore who co-wrote this story was the Commissioner of New York City Landmarks . It is a cute Christmas story written for all ages. Ties together some of the Dutch "St. Nicholas" traditional stories with an American history connection.Btw if you are interested in a hilarious rendition of the " [...]


    6. This could probably be a 2 & 3/4. I just was not happy with the voice of this author. It was about the family story teller and so I think I expected to be pulled in as he weaved his tell. Unfortunately it felt a little disjointed and lacked the ability to in-trance the listener. The book did have some pluses. I loved the references to history and the sentimental reminder of connecting with our own history. I was also happy to read a Christmas book that was not a cheesy romance.


    7. Happy Accident! Got this from the library thinking it was by a different author. This was a charming Christmas tale full of nostalgia and sweetness.


    8. I am listening to some of the best Christmas books today while I decorate. This book was heartwarming and full of Christmas spirit and love. Beautiful!


    9. I came across this little book in the used book section of an antique shop. I have a collection of Christmas books and this seemed a good addition. After reading it, I congratulated myself of my purchase!Santa & Pete is the most interesting version I've heard to date of the St. Nicholas and Pieter myth. It is also a well-constructed tale of New York City's earliest history. And the framework is a completely plausible intergenerational story.In short, the young narrator's parents decide he ne [...]


    10. Overall, a decent Christmas read. It was a little too sentimental at times for my taste, but I enjoyed the overall message of keeping your ancestors and history alive through retelling stories. The audiobook annoyed me as it was read like every word was groundbreaking.







    11. Book Closing: I picked up Santa and Pete because a.) I was in a hurry in the library and b.) my brother had recommended the author Christopher Moore (who ends up being a different Christopher Moore). Seeing a Christmas book at the beginning of Advent, in addition to it being shortde me scoop it up.After closing the book, I'm left with two things: a general "Christmas" warm and fuzzy that has nothing to do with Jesus, and a better understanding of what most people mean when they say "Christmas sp [...]


    12. I feel kind of suckered for not realizing sooner that the Christopher Moore that wrote this one is not the same as the popular author of Lamb. I checked this book out from the library with this misconception in mind, believing--due to its short length--that I would be able to see what all the fuss was about without investing much time. Not only did I not particularly enjoy this book, but it was also written by someone relatively unknown, making having read it all the more pointless.Despite the s [...]


    13. Book club, December 2010. This felt to me like somebody else's family story that I just didn't have any interest in. Couldn't really relate. It seemed to have some potential, but the writing was just too amateurish. Our book club mostly agreed that we liked the idea of the "ancestors" christmas tree; they had an ornament representing each individual of their family line and as they decorated the tree, they would tell the stories of those "oldsters" and remember and honor their family heritage. A [...]


    14. If you are tired of the same old Christmas story every year, you will like this book. The book tells an original Christmas story about St. Nick and his buddy Pete, a Spanish Moor. The child's grandfather tells the story to his grandson and a rapt audience on the grandfather's bus route. The child learns to appreciate his grandfather, and learns a lot about human nature. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Christmas stories, and especially to African-American families looking for a Ch [...]


    15. As is the case for many of those leaving comments I stumbled onto this book while I was looking for books by Christopher Moore the satirist at the library. I realized my error prior to getting very far into the book though and was able to enjoy the story as its own entity. If you read this thinking it is by Christopher Moore - the author of Lamb, Bite Me, the Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, etc. you will likely be disappointed.This is a quaint story about a boy and his grandfather and how the te [...]


    16. A lovely Christmas story about an African-American boy living in Harlem during the mid-1900’s. His grandfather drives a bus in NY and acts as a roving storyteller providing insight into the history of the city. At Christmastime, “Santa and Pete” is one of the stories that the grandfather tells to his special group of regular riders. The boy rides with him every Saturday and develops a deep bond, an appreciation for the meaning of his African-American heritage and a love of story-telling. H [...]


    17. I gave this book three stars when most of the other book club members only gave it two for three reasons.One, even though the story was not great, it did not give me warm fuzzies and no tears (which is not hard to do in my case) I really liked how the boy came to know, love and admire his grandfather. To see him through the eyes of others. I also loved the historical references, the author is the Commissioner of New York City Landmarks. And third, I liked the importance it placed on family and h [...]


    18. Initially I grabbed this book at the library because I saw that the author was Christopher Moore, thinking it was the author of satire books such as Bloodsucking Fiends. It wasn't the same author, but I'm so glad I took the chance on this one. Its a heart-warming tale of the origins of Christmas, told by a bus driver to his passengers, one of which is his grandson who is forced to ride with him each Saturday. Not only is it an entertaining Christmas story, but also a sweet story of how the young [...]


    19. I love this book, and I really enjoy the narrator. I bought this book on cassette tapes many years ago, and now I have it on my kindle, from Audible. A young boy rides his grandfather's bus to be near his beloved grandfather, who tells wonderful stories to his riders. He tells stories of the history of Manhattan. At Christmas time he tells the story of Santa and Pete, and his riders stay on past their stops in order to hear the story. The regular riders bring gifts of food, and when the bus brea [...]


    20. the title refers to Svart Piet, St. Nicholas' black assistant in European tradition. In it the writer talks about "Grandcestor Ornaments", an ornament on their tree for each of their ancestors, and a tradition of using trimming the tree as an opportunity to talk about their family stories. I love the idea, but have been wracking my brain trying to figure out what I could use for the relatives I know about!


    21. i picked this up thinking it was by a different author, but was surprised to find it was a completely different person. it was a surprise good read. the history of santa and his side kick pete from the origins back in holland to their journey into the new world. (america) i must say i loved how the child in this story is hearing this and how it ties to his family history all from listening to his grandpa. grandpa stories are to be treasured!


    22. This was a rough read. I picked it up for light reading during my last semester and boy did it drag on. I was hoping for a great story about Santa and Pete's adventures. Instead, I read a dis-jointed story between the grandfather and his grandson on the bus and Santa and Pete fighting in New Amsterdam. Don't waste your time.


    23. This was such a great story about Christmas. Having a Dutch mom who immigrated to Canada at a young age it was great to learn of how St Nicholas and Peter began. My Mom's family didn't really bring a lot of hte traditions with them. This is definately a story I will be trying to find for my ever growing Christmas book Collection AND one that my boys will be hearing this coming weekend.


    24. I listened to the audiobook from the library. Though this one isn't a rollicking, irreverent book like Christopher Moore's other books, it was a nice allegory on life set in the Christmas season in New York City. Recommended.


    25. Absolutely loved this book. I originally thought this was written by the Christopher Moore who wrote The Stupidest Angel but I only had to read the cover to realize this was a very sweet Christmas story about the origin of St. Nicholas. Highly recommend.


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