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The Man Who Dared to Dream - Reviews

The Man Who Dared to Dream
Carole Scanlon in the middle of the group feeding young reindeer and goats.

"I bought this book thinking it was a nice story about the Santa's Village I visited when I was young. After my read, I think the real book story is not of how he started the North Pole, NY.

Instead, it is of a man whose North Star led him to a cheerful commitment to unending innovation at the forefront of improvements for betterment and enjoyment of his community, his country and his family.

I like the two story lines that used a winter's storm and a nearby scrap book to shuttle the reader to Mr. Reis's recovery from TB in Lake Placid, and how that led to his- Christmas- is-- every-day approach to episodes that leave you with "I didn’t know he did that."

– Carole T. Scanlon, Bucks County, PA

The Man Who Dared to Dream
Terri's visit to the North Pole in 1967

"This book is both captivating and inspiring. Based on the events in Julian's life that brought Santa's Workshop, North Pole, New York to life at a time when amusement themed parks did not exist.

Each chapter sends the reader on a journey that includes a touch of history, the importance of family ties, and the hardships that could have ended Julian's dreams. He was a man ahead of the times!"

Terri Shenk, CT

The Man Who Dared to Dream
Pauline working as an Elf at Santa's Workshop in 1968

"The book revealed a spiritual and evangelistic touch that I found heartwarming.

I think everyone should read this book and come away with lessons about how people should be treated, no matter what.

I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed the book but enough said. I loved it and was much inspired by it."

Pauline Crahan

"A captivating true story that I thoroughly enjoyed! Mr. Reiss truly set an example for the following generations! Highly recommend."

Jessica Ketchum, MD

The Man Who Dared to Dream
Ken and Denise Post at Santa's Workshop in 2018

"This past July my wife and I, along with one of our daughters and our two grandchildren, as well as family friends made the trip to Santa’s Workshop. This was the first visit there for most of them except for one of our friends who was there over 50 years ago. I was last there in 1962 when I was 9 years old. I was thrilled to see that Santa’s Workshop has remained unchanged over the years. I was in as much wonderment at 65 as I was at 9 years old. When we were about to leave, I bought a copy of “The Man Who Dared to Dream” in the gift shop. On one of the first evenings after we returned home from our vacation in the Adirondacks, I settled in with my book. I stayed up that evening until I finished reading it. The story transported me back to a time in life that was much simpler, and kinder. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, so much so that I wished it would not end. Julian Reiss was a wonderful, and humble, man. His efforts to spread happiness and joy continue to have a widespread impact on people today, not only through the Julian Reiss Foundation as well as Santa’s Workshop, but through lasting memories created by him that so many children and adults possess for life. We recently bought another copy of the book through Patti’s website as a gift for our other daughter. I am sure we will be back for more because the book makes such a great, enjoyable gift. Thank you, Patti, for being the inspiration for Santa’s Workshop and for sharing this heartwarming story."

Ken and Denise Post

"This an inspiring story of what hope and determination will lead to. It is relevant for now and decades to come. Great summer time read."