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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (October 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585425354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585425358
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HOW MRS. CLAUS SAVED CHRISTMAS:

"A humorous, well-written historical romp."
--Atlanta Women

"Rich in Christmas-y detail."
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Both educational and amusing."
--Library Journal


THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SANTA CLAUS:

"A book that deserves classic status."
--The Dallas Morning News

"Delightful."
--Memphis Commercial Appeal

"Charming."
--The Kansas City Star

"The Autobiography of Santa Claus is a great tale with an intriguing premise. It is a heartwarming and fun Christmas read."
--Squeaky-Clean Reviews

"This Christmas tale combines solid historical fact with a fun, enchanting story that will make anyone a believer in Santa Claus. It's a great book for children who are questioning the existing of Santa Claus and teaches all readers, big and small, the real meaning of Christmas."
--The Examiner


THE GREAT SANTA SEARCH:

"Guinn's clever premise draws on the historical roots of the commercialization of Christmas, and his Santa, who narrates, is sanguine when faced with the prospect of facing off against street corner Santas."
--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"I've read the two earlier books by Mr. Guinn (THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SANTA CLAUS and HOW MRS. CLAUS SAVED CHRISTMAS), but I felt this one was the best. This was such a fun book to read. While the earlier books were based more on events in history, this one is set in the present. There were so many references to things common to us now - PlayStation 3, CD burners, MP3 players and iPods. Oprah and Randy, Paula and Simon from American Idol made guest appearances. It was fun to see Santa adapt to the 21st century!"
--Lynne's Little Corner of the World


THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES (all three novels in one volume):

"This elegant paperback volume makes for a delightful holiday gift for just about anyone on your Christmas shopping list. Whether it’s reading through 17 centuries of Santa’s autobiography peppered with Christmas magic, discovering how Mrs. Claus and a group of people saved Christmas from being extinct or hopping onto a sleigh ride ‘through the history of Christmas in America’, reading the book will bring Santa’s infectious good cheer into your Yuletide festivities."
--Time Out

"All three books are excellent volumes and well worth sharing with your children. In fact, Guinn cleverly separates each book into 24 chapters, allowing parents who are so inclined to read them to their children one chapter at a time, beginning on December 1 and finishing on Christmas Eve. I dearly love these books."
--Evertime Realms

About the Author

Jeff Guinn is books editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He is the author of eight books, including The Sixteenth Minute: Life in the Aftermath of Fame and Our Land Before We Die: The Proud Story of the Seminole Negro, which received the Texas Book Award.

Jeff Guinn is also the author of the bestselling Christmas Chronicles series, which includes The Autobiography of Santa Claus, How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas, and The Great Santa Search. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.




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Customer Reviews

Additional history and the story is great.
Diane E. McVey
In this sequel to his classic book The Autobiography of Santa Claus, Jeff Guinn tells a new tale of Christmas in peril.
Blake Petit
I re-read all three books every year in preparation for Christmas.
Disney Mom

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Blake Petit VINE VOICE on December 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In this sequel to his classic book The Autobiography of Santa Claus, Jeff Guinn tells a new tale of Christmas in peril. In the first book, Guinn took the historical facts about St. Nicholas and the various people who contributed to the Santa Claus legend around the world and wove them into a beautiful life story. In this book, he continued that tradition, taking the troubles of the English Civil War as a backdrop for a tale about Santa's wife, Layla. Staying behind in England to manage their affairs there while her husband begins his time in the American colonies, Layla finds herself at the forefront of a movement to protect Christmas from a Puritan reformation that wants to stomp out anything reminiscent of Catholicism in England. Layla is forced to flee to Canterbury, where she lives for a time with friends Alan and Elizabeth Hayes and their daughter Sara. As Oliver Cromwell amasses power in London, Layla and her friends concoct a daring plan to show Parliament that the people of England will never stand for Christmas being stolen from them.

Like The Autobiography of Santa Claus, this is a beautiful story that weaves together fact with fantasy to produce a thoroughly satisfying tale. In fact, this may even be a superior book to the original, in that it has a much more cohesive story. By necessity, Autobiography reads like a person's life story, hitting the high points but not really holding onto a compelling narrative thread to push the plot along. This new book is focused on a relatively brief period of time instead of the thousands of years in the first book, and on a single issue -- the attempt by the Puritans to squelch out Christmas in the 1640s. As such, it's a much stronger book simply from a storytelling standpoint.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I adored this book! I thought at first that this book would pick up where the last left off, but instead it focuses on Layla's battle to restore Christmas to England in the 1600's. The story was extremely engrossing, and very sweet and even a little sad. I was having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit this year, and this was just the push I needed!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cathie J. Read on November 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you liked Guinn's autobiography of Santa Claus you will love this book. The story moves smoothly through the ages and has many links to history that, with a little imagination, you can find believable. The characters are delightful, making it a joyous holiday read. This one is a keeper--it won't go off to the half-price store at the end of the year!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura on August 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. It was great to get some historical facts in with fiction. I am not an active reader and this one kept me interested to the end
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on November 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
The year is 1620. While Santa Claus is off in the New World aka America, getting a new group of people interested in the spirit of giving, and what is now known as Christmas, Mrs. Claus has been left behind in England. It's a lovely country, but when signs of officials banning all types of Yuletide cheer begin popping up everywhere Mrs. Claus looks, she realizes that it's time to take matters into her own hands. It's bad enough that the Puritans have gained complete control of Parliament, but when, in the year 1647 a law punishing any and all who celebrate Christmas is passed, Mrs. Claus realizes that Christmas is in true danger, and it's up to her, without the help of her beloved Saint Nick, to save the marvelous holiday before it's destroyed forever.

I read Jeff Guinn's THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SANTA CLAUS when it was first released, and devoured every word of it. Yet I had no idea he would be able to weave the exact same sort of magic with its sequel HOW MRS. CLAUS SAVED CHRISTMAS. As with the first installment in the Christmas Chronicles, Guinn has put together a delightful holiday fiction tale, and laced it with rich historical facts - including the marching of ten thousand peasants in Canterbury who protested their right to celebrate Christmas in the year 1647. A charming piece of fiction that will certainly delight and educate all!

Erika Sorocco
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Disney Mom on September 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Christmas Chronicals as told to Jeff Guinn is absolutely my favorite story. I re-read all three books every year in preparation for Christmas. I re-tell parts of this story and have adapted it into my own Christmas traditions. Layla is my roll model!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edie VINE VOICE on March 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
My daughter gave me this book a few months ago, and I have really enjoyed reading How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas. I had not read the previous book about Santa Claus, but I will very soon. This book not only offers an intriguing story, but ties in historical facts and characters at the same time giving the reader a sense that it really did happen the way Mrs. Clause tells the story.

The characters seem true to life and the story follows a timeline as Mrs. Claus tells her listeners how she met her future husband and how they joined forces to provide gifts to needy children. This book may even inspire people to share what they have with those who are in need. At the same time, it can give you a smile with stories Mrs. Claus shares. Although this book is more relevant to read around the Christmas holiday, it can be enjoyed any time of year.

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