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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer made his debut in 1939 as a promotional stunt for the Chicago-based department store Montgomery Ward.
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- Robert L. May wrote the book “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
- Robert’s wife died of cancer that summer and he was left with his 4-year-old daughter.
- Even though he was going through a difficult time, he finished the story in August.
- It was written as Montgomery Ward department store’s freebie coloring book given to children who came to visit Santa in-store.
- Montgomery Ward gave out 2.4 million copies of the Rudolph booklet in the first year alone.
- Other names were considered before Robert decided on keeping “Rudolph.” They were Rollo, Reginald, Romeo and Rodney.
- The original story in the book was different from the song.
- Robert also considered giving Rudolph large, headlight-like eyes to light the way.
- The song is the second best-selling Christmas song ever.
- Here is the story by Robert May (adaptation by Bil Scott):
Hi, my name is Candy and I am going to tell you the story of a very special reindeer. One Christmas not too long ago Rudolph, that’s the name of this special deer, was standing alone on the day before Christmas. He watched as the other reindeer ran and played together, they had such fun. Rudolph was small but that wasn’t the reason the others didn’t ask him to join the reindeer games. Rudolph had a big, bright red nose. It was not a regular reindeer nose at all, it was so bright it seemed to glow. The other deer teased him, and they laughed about Rudolph’s nose. They rolled in the snow with delight as poor Rudolph walked back to the stable, lonely and very, very sad.The others soon went back to their games and Rudolph tried to have fun by himself, because it was Christmas after all. It wasn’t as much fun as playing with the others would have been, Rudolph sighed.
The light faded from the day and everyone was scurrying to load Santa’s sleigh. It was getting dark fast, and a fog was making matters worse. The mood was somber and even the reindeer began to quarrel about who would be the best one to lead the team this evening. Soon all was set and Santa climbed into the sleigh and he set off. He was already late, and it was so dark he couldn’t even see the lead reindeer. Time was passing and it became clear that no headway was being made. Santa was flying in circles.
What would happen to Christmas? Santa was quite worried, he didn’t even know how to get back to the North Pole, then dimly at first, he could see a faint red light. Santa directed the sleigh towards the light, and it grew steadily stronger. What could it be he thought? It was ever so bright. Carefully Santa brought the sleigh to rest close to the light. He found Rudolph playing by himself trying to enjoy Christmas Eve. Santa asked Rudolph if he would mind helping out with the sleigh, that big shiny nose is just what he needed to stay on track. Rudolph was thrilled, and jumped at the chance. The other reindeer knew this would save Christmas and they smiled their approval as Rudolph went to the front of the team. Jingle bells rang out crisply on that dark night as Rudolph and his shiny nose lead Santa and the sleigh full of toys around the world. From that day forward Rudolph became proud to be known as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, …
…a very special reindeer indeed!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer which made his debut in 1939 as a promotional stunt for the Chicago-based department store Montgomery Ward.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Facts
- Other Names
- Let’s Sing!
- Drawing Rudolph
- Story Summary
- Johnny Marks
- Rudolph Acrostic
- Describing Rudolph
- Rudolph’s Fame
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