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Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend Paperback – July 1, 2007
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It's the best one for children on the market, but it could use a little more detail about St. Nicholas, who displayed deep religious faith even as a child. I understand that small children might not understand what a bishop is, but the way his home is described makes it sound like a fairy tale rather than a real place (it was a Greek-speaking village under Roman auspices during Nicholas' time, in what is today Turkey). Also, the tradition is that the coins were put into stockings hanging to dry or shoes put out by the door (a common practice in villages even when I was a girl), not just tossed into the window. The connection between what St. Nicholas did then and how we uphold the tradition today is fairly weak, and we have to fill in bits, but the Christian message is clear. The illustrations are beautiful, and the narrative ploy of using a little boy to tell St. Nicholas about the problem makes the story even more accessible to children.
I should just add that when my youngest daughter was five she heard rumors in kindergarten that Santa Claus wasn't real and wanted to know what I thought. I reminded her that we celebrated St.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
But the longer version , this one is condensed due to the thick page stock. other than the shorter story it is finePublished 3 months ago by dave63
I bought this book in order to help teach my children about the real St. Nicholas, This was a very good story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by TimandAmandaplus3
Our 2nd grader was able to read the book by herself and comprehend the story. She was delightedPublished 5 months ago by E. F. Panighetti
I love this story! It differs some from other accounts of St. Nicholas and the three girls, but it gets the point across. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Laura Lynn Wilson
I love this book. It is so cute, and it relates St. Nicholas to Jesus. I am celebrating St Nicholas feast day with my son every year, and this book is the perfect one to read on... Read morePublished 5 months ago by K. Glass