Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a staple in American Christmas traditions. I love him so much that we watched him before school this week — the 1st and 2nd grade hang out in the library for 30 minutes before morning recess. I will be honest and tell you though, that despite loving the claymation movie, I don’t think I ever read the book, until Thursday.
Thursday and Friday were the last days before Christmas break and those kindergarteners were struggling to pay attention to me earlier in the week, so I changed my plans. The new lesson plan was to play a YouTube video that was not too long but not too short. I was super excited to find Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer story record book . I loved these record books as a kid, so I crossed my fingers that the kids would too.
I always thought that this is what Rudolph and Herbie looked like. While this Rudolph is a bit smaller than the book illustrations show, they did get his small antlers right. And Herbie? He’s not even in the book. I guess they needed more storylines to flesh out the animated special.
The rest of the story is exactly like the song. I’m sad that Rudolph (and Herbie) is pushed to conform so hard, but the true message of “uniqueness is good” shines through, some would even say it glows. See what I did there?
One thing that was kind of a let down was the other reindeer and their bullying. Sure they excluded him but the only name they call him is “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. That’s what Santa calls him! So is it a lame insult or is Santa super insensitive? I doubt we’ll ever know.
P.S. I do think including this guy would have jazzed the book up, a lot!