What Every Kid Wants for Christmas


Environmental virtue — and a cute and snuggly polar bear!

A book Planet Gore readers probably won’t be buying for their kids this year:

A children’s book author hopes that her new Christmas story will help kids realize that they can have an impact on global warming.

Santa Goes Green (Mackinac Island Press, $15.95) is the story of a boy, Finn, who writes Santa and asks him to help raise awareness about global warming. Finn is interested in the environmental issue because he has adopted a polar bear, and polar bears are losing habitat to global warming.

Finn tells Santa he does not need any toys for Christmas, but instead he wants the jolly old elf’s help. “Santa can do anything in (Finn’s) mind,” says author and publisher Anne Margaret Lewis.

The book has sold about 13,000 copies since the small Traverse City, Mich., children’s books publisher put a previewable version of the entire book online last month (at Now in its second printing, it’s a runaway hit.


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