Olive, The Other Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas classic TV special and one of the most played tunes during the festive season.

If you are reading this article now, I am assuming you are no longer wet behind the ears and that you have been exposed to several songs with lyrics that sound like one thing … but are really saying another.

Hold me closer Tony Danza …

Excuse me while I kiss this guy …

Apparently that’s not what Elton John and Jimi Hendrix were singing. And, apparently, Olive was not some bully reindeer constantly laughing and calling Rudolph names.

I am guessing if you have a dozen or more Christmases under your belt, you know that the true lyrics to the Rudolph song are “all of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names.” It’s pretty easy for a kid to confuse “all of” and “Olive”. I can only imagine it would be an even easier mistake for a dog to make.

Olive is a dog who is happily preparing for Christmas when she hears the famous Christmas Carol and wonders if she has missed her calling. Maybe she isn’t a dog, but a reindeer! She hurries up to the North Pole to lend a hand to Santa Claus who, of course, is surprised to see that a dog wants to help out his legendary team.

It’s an unwritten rule that no Christmas story is complete without the threat of Christmas not happening. Olive’s canine qualities turn out to be just what Santa needs in order to get the presents delivered in time this year.

Although Olive is pint-sized, she pulls her weight with the team. This story teaches kids that it isn’t the size of the dog in the flight, it’s the size of the flight in the dog.

Olive the Other Reindeer, you’ll go down in his-to-ry!

Now, the thing with adding holiday books to a kid’s collection is deciding whether or not to read them year round. I believe it is better to store them away and bring them out when the season starts approaching.

Kids have awesome imaginations and can actually get themselves into a state of excitement about next year’s Christmas season before they’ve even rung in the New Year.

If you like this story and don’t want to go months without seeing Olive, read Olive, My Love. It’s another great adventure in which Olive thinks Robert Plant is singing to her and as a result goes off to England in search of true love … no, not really. But it is another fun story about silly misunderstandings.

The creative masterminds behind Olive’s adventures are J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh, a husband-and-wife writing and illustrating team. Their story about Olive (which is actually their dog’s name) was such a hit it was turned into an animated TV special produced by Matt Groening with Drew Barrymore as the voice behind the dog.

You can find Olive, The Other Reindeer at Mac’s Fireweed Books in Whitehorse as it currently carries some copies of the deluxe tenth anniversary edition.

To purchase a used copy, you may get lucky and find it at Well-Read Books.

You can also take the book out of the public libraries in Whitehorse, Beaver Creek, Burwash Landing and Tagish. Other locations can order them from one of these libraries, too.

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