Friday Fiction – Silver Spurs

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Silver Spurs

Submitter: I am a public children’s librarian and started at this library in January. Before I started, this library never weeded ever. I thought I had gone through the whole collection until the holiday books came out. That’s when I noticed Silver Spurs.  Published in in 1973, this book hasn’t circed at my library since the ‘80s, possibly the ‘70s. I can’t be sure since it last time circed before the electronic catalog was implemented in 1993. I do know, however, that it circed a total of 4 times.  The story is cute enough: the tiniest of elves helps Santa solve his dilemma of entering narrow chimneys. The book, though, was so old that it is yellowing and grimy, despite only 4 circs. The things that made Silver Spurs stand out from the other yellowing, grimy Christmas picture books was its record insert. That’s right: this book comes with a record. Remember those?

Holly: I think I might have had this when I was a kid.  It looks really familiar, and I was a big fan of books that came with records back then.  Anything yellowing and grimy has to go, and unless you have a whole “vintage” collection of books with records, just one looks like a forgotten mistake (which is was!).  Good catch, Submitter!

Santa stuck in chimney



Silver Spurs helps Santa



  1. These are selling for a lot of money on Amazon! It doesn’t look yellowed, the illustrations look clean and crisp.
    It seems to be a take on the Rudolph theme, but instead of no “reindeer games” it’s not making toys.
    Kind of a cute story really. I am surprised it isn’t available in newer editions.

    Display it with the other Christmas themed books (you are doing that, right?) and it will circulate! We have a children’s record player in the house!

  2. You’d think the illustrator and cover-design people would have drawn that “Silver Spurs” banner just a LITTLE lower to fully cover the elf crotch…. but no.

  3. It’s a Christmas Miracle! You’ve posted a book that I had as a child!

    Heck, I think I still have my copy; it looks a lot nicer than the library copy. The story is very cute, answers a question that every child has asked at least once, and the illustrations have that weird but cozy lived-in 70’s feel. Sadly, my copy does not have the record; it must have lost it many years ago since I was not even aware that the books came with a record!

  4. The illustrator knew what s/he was doing; props for showing non-stereotypical dwellings like apartment blocks and a Bauhaus (!!) home.

  5. This book looks oddly familiar, especially the picture of Santa driving by the high rise. I’m pretty sure I either read this as a child or one of the elementary school libraries I used to work at had this in their (fabulously unweeded) collection. I actually think a few of the illustrations are cute. If it were in good shape and I had room, I’d probably keep it. Although the record makes it a little silly.

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