Greek / Greece

Nai, Birtzinia, yparchei Agios Basilēs!
(Yes, Virginia, Santa Claus is real!)

Papatheodōru, Basilēs ( Papatheodorou, Vasilis) (text)
Kalogerē, Lila ( Kalogeri, Lila) (illus.)
Athēna: Kastaniōtēs, 2013. – 105 p.
ISBN 978-960-03-5673-1

Imagination | Doubt | Self-confidence

This book’s plot is inspired by a true story. The story begins in 1897, when eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon sends a letter to the New York paper ≫The Sun≪ inquiring about the existence of Santa Claus.

Editor Francis Pharcellus Church answers her with an editorial that has become one of the most famous publications in US press history. Church defends the existence of Sant a Claus vigorously and advises the girl to remain unswayed by sceptics. Virginia’sletter and her life story are expertly narrated in his book by renowned author Vasilis Papatheodorou. The book offers proof of the transformative power and magic of a child’s imagination, a capacity that creates hope and faith in one’s dreams in difficult life situations not by denying the realities of war, poverty, racism, and loneliness, but by bravely standing to face them. (Age: 10