Rudolph the Sad Reindeer

Is being different bad? Read this very, very, short story aloud to your children and along the way ask a few questions and wait for them to answer.  Click here to PRINT Santa, Rudolph and the Eight Reindeer’sPage to help them visualize the story.  

Once upon a time,  there lived at the North Pole a young reindeer named Rudolph. He was a lively, happy reindeer and loved playing in the snow. But one day, the other reindeer noticed that he had a very large, bright red nose, and they teased him about it without mercy.  Rudolph frolics in the snow. The Tiny Reindeer come in and laugh at him. [ASK Why would they laugh at him?] 

Rudolph was sad because it was Christmas Eve and he was afraid that, because of his shiny nose, he would never be chosen to pull Santa’s sleigh. He went to visit Santa and Elf, who were getting all their presents ready.  They were always kind to Rudolph and never mentioned his funny nose.   Rudolph is sad and begins to cry. The Tiny Reindeer prance off, still laughing. [ASK Why was Rudolph sad?]    [ASK Do YOU think Rudolph’s nose was funny?]

Rudolph cheers up and trots off to see Santa and Elf, who are busy with all their presents. He helps them work. While they work, day turns to night.  At last, Santa boomed, “Elf, I must go now. Let’s load up the presents.”  When all was ready, Santa asked, “Where are my eight reindeer? I need their strength to pull my sleigh.”  Santa and Elf pack up the sleigh, while Rudolph helps them. [ASK Where are all the other reindeer?  Why aren’t they helping?]  

The Tiny Reindeer prance over and proudly take their places in front of the sleigh.Then Santa looked around him and noticed how foggy the night had become. He was worried that he would not be able to see his way. Suddenly he spied Rudolph with his bright red nose, and he had a very bright idea!  [ASK What was Santa’s “bright” idea?]

They get ready to leave but Santa stops them in their tracks. Then everyone’s eyes turn to Rudolph, standing alone at the side.  “Rudolph,” he cried, “I want YOU-with your shiny nose- to light the way for my sleigh tonight!”

Santa points to Rudolph, and the Tiny Reindeer cheer him.  The Tiny Reindeer made way for Rudolph. Now everybody loved him and said what a very special reindeer he was. From then on, Rudolph was Santa’s first choice every Christmas Eve. [SAY LOUDLY Hooray for Santa and Rudolph!]

Santa and Rudolph wave goodbye and fly away over the rooftops of houses, with their sleigh full of Christmas presents.  [ASK What did learn from this story?]

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