Meet Maple

The most famous reindeer
you never knew!

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Maple, The Most Famous Reindeer You Never Knew!

by Eric J. Muehlbauer, Illustrations by Magdalena Syska Szlaga, Graphic Design by Jessica VanderNaald

Maple, The Most Famous Reindeer You Never Knew! is the story of a female reindeer born with a greenish coat instead of the typical brownish grey of most reindeer. She is very smart and learns that she can hide very well in the forest because of her unique color.

She eventually competes in the hide and seek contest in the reindeer Olympics and uses her intellect to devise a way to give Santa extra time, allowing him to visit all the children of the world in one night!

This is a chapter book meant for young readers, or parents of young children, that tells a heartwarming story of how a special reindeer used her individuality to make the world a better place.



Maple was born with a green coat so that makes her very good at hide and seek. Can you find her?

Meet Maple & Her Friends



From the North Pole. She uses her intellect to help Santa by finding a way to get him extra time. Really good at Hide and seek because of her green color.



From Alaska (USA), He was very nice to Maple when she was lonely. Lost at hide and seek to her in Olympics but wasn't mad about it. They become good friends. Alexi is good at drawing cartoons and playing video games.



Ollie is from Norway and is the reigning champion of the hide and seek contest. He has all the endorsement deals. Has his own line of antler polish and harnesses. Likes to look at himself in the mirror.



Good friend of Maple's and always makes her laugh. Is really good at gymnastics and dancing. She really likes to hang upside down from trees.



One of the fastest reindeer on the planet and really likes astronomy. You can always find him looking up at the sky at night. Has a new telescope and loves to look at the moon and stars with it.

Meet Maple
The Reindeer's creator

Eric J. Muehlbauer

Eric is a father of three who thoroughly enjoyed making up bedtime stories for each of his kids when they were little. He was born in Lockport, Illinois and has a Master's of Jurisprudence from Loyola University College of Law in Chicago. His love of foreign cultures led to a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. His wife, Ewa, is from a small village right outside Zakopane, Poland called Bialy Dunajec.