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'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' Gets a Re-Write (with Girl Power)

Rosie the Reindeer gives classic Christmas tale a makeover

Chances are, you've read the classic Christmas tale Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer about a million times over the years. Or you've seen the movie. Or know the song by heart. Or all of the above.

Believe it or not, everyone's favorite reindeer–with his sweet face and glowing red nose–has been a holiday-time staple since his debut way back in 1939. But for author Chantell Taylor, the story of how one little underdog gained a spot as Santa's ninth reindeer has never sat well with her–even when she was a little girl.

"If you recall in that movie," Taylor says in a video on her Kickstarter page, "there's a tradition every year where the young bucks try out to be a part of Santa's sleigh. And Comet was the coach. He tests out who's the strongest and the swiftest of the boys. Meanwhile, the girls are standing on the sidelines–batting their eyelashes and flirting and looking at the boys. But they don't get to try out. It troubled me then, [and] it still troubles me, that the girls didn't have an opportunity to be part of Santa's sleigh."

It was this nagging thought that led Taylor to recently pen her own version of the classic story–with a female empowerment message young girls could look up to. This time, instead of Rudolph trying out, she dreamt up Rosie, a young beautiful doe with some serious spunk. Rosie's determined to get into Santa's line-up despite no one–including Santa himself–believing she can do it.

Every day after school, Rosie practices her flying and sleigh-pulling techniques with her friends, and lo and behold, when it comes time for try-outs, she blows the competition out of the water. The best part? A nasty stomach bug leaves Santa's whole sleigh team at home in bed, giving Rosie's friends the chance to earn a spot on the sleigh team themselves.

Learn more about Rosie and how she came to be from Chantell Taylor herself:

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