*Picture book for preschoolers through 2nd graders (nonfiction)
*Saint Nicholas as the main character (before he was a saint)
*Rating: Secret Service Saint is the perfect picture book to share with curious children in the holiday season. It helps teach about the importance of giving!
Short, short summary: The book starts out with Nicholas as a younger man, sailing on a ship in the sea, following God’s plan for him. When he lands, a group of Christians need help, and Nicholas starts caring for them. But he wasn’t feeling quite right about the work he was doing. So, he took off his bright red outfit, and he put on a dark cloak at night instead. He started helping people in secret and in disguise. He loved doing this! People never figured out who did all the good deeds until Nicholas died and the secret good deeds stopped. His legend of secretly giving spread all over the world, and he became known as Saint Nicholas.
So, what do you do with this book?
1. Students can pretend they are St. Nicholas and write and draw a picture of whom they would like to secretly give a gift to if they could. If it’s possible, they can do it in real life, too!
2. One of the themes of this book is giving is as good OR BETTER than giving. This is often hard for little children to understand. This is a great book to read at the beginning of a service project, such as can food drive or even a book drive. You can talk to them about why they are giving and how it will help someone and how that will feel.
3. Another theme of this book is adventure. Nicholas liked to have adventures. What does this mean to students? Do they like to have adventures? Are they like Nicholas? What kind of adventures do they have in their life? How can they make their lives adventurous?