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You all know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blitzen, and of course, Rudolph. But did you know that Rudolph has a brother… Santa’s tenth reindeer? For 2013, there’s a new book on the market that tells the tale of this mysterious 10th reindeer, and lands right here on The Rock Father as part of my 25 Days of Xmas. Recommended for kids ages 4-9, THE LEGEND OF RANGER, THE REINDEER WHO COULDN’T FLY features the writing of Alan B. Salisbury (retired Commanding General in the U.S. Army) with artwork by Roberta Baird. All profits from the sale of Ranger products will be donated to the Antonia Giallourakis Endowment for Art Therapy at the MassGeneral Children’s Hospital Cancer Center, which makes this not only a great gift idea, but one that will do some good. Check out the full details below…


Legend-of-Ranger Book-Cover 500-300x300Synopsis: In The Legend of Ranger, the Reindeer Who Couldn’t Fly, Alan Salisbury’s words and Roberta Baird’s whimsical artwork combine to create a magical new story for the Christmas season. This is the tale of a young reindeer named Ranger who has a big dream—to be part of the reindeer team that pulls Santa’s big sleigh. 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 is. The Legend of Ranger contains a heartening and inspirational message about the power of believing in yourself, no matter what challenges lie ahead.

The Ranger book is available now from, or direct from Opus One Studios, where you can also find the Ranger plush toy, CD soundtrack, and more.

25 Days of Xmas is a yearly extension of my Holiday Coverage here on The Rock Father, which also includes my daily Holiday Gift Guide and Seasonal Cheer section, and the 2013 Master List of Great Gift Ideas. For 25 Days of Xmas, I give a rundown of 25 Pop Culture items that can help make your season bright.

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