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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Concordia Publishing House (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758613415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758613417
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 7.7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Julie Stiegemeyer has authored more than twenty books for children, including picture books and board books. She has also written for magazines, newspapers, and devotional books. In addition to writing, Julie works at her local public library, and she enjoys speaking about writing for children and adults. Julie lives in the Chicago area. Find out more at www.juliestiegemeyer.net.

Customer Reviews

And the stories of St. Nicolas spread all over the world.
AmyInTheWind
It's nice that the real St. Nicholas loved the Lord and was a Christian, and that that was his motivation for giving gifts.
trumpetmama
The story itself was okay, however, this is a VERY Protestant version - and in a sense somewhat inaccurate.
mom22

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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful By AmyInTheWind on September 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
We bought this book when my daughter was 2.5 to help her understand the idea of Santa, and she's been bringing us this book to read over & over for the last year! The book is simple and sweet. It tells one story of St. Nicolas secretly giving money to a family so that the girls in the family could have a dowry & get married. Then it talks about how St. Nicolas continued giving to people. Other people gave to each other. And the stories of St. Nicolas spread all over the world. People called him Father Christmas, which is where Santa comes from. The book also talks about Jesus as the greatest gift that God gives to us and how we remember the gift of Jesus at Christmas.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Saint Nicholas: The Real Story Of The Christmas Legend by Julie Stiegemeyer is a picturebook rendition of the historical roots of Father Christmas. Recounting the life of Saint Nicholas, a pastor in fourth-century Lycia (modern-day Turkey) whose generosity was so profound that he became known as "Father Christmas" and legends circulated about his home in the North Pole and his tradition of distributing gifts on Christmas Eve. Moving, realistic color illustrations by Chris Ellison bring heart to this true story of Christian compassion and inspiration.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I can't wait to give this as a gift to my nieces, nephews and a lot of my friends' children. I know my own kids are going to love it. This is a stunningly beautiful children's book! The paintings are amazing and beautiful. The story is powerful and really helps people understand what Christmas is all about. And the best thing is that there really was a man named Nicholas. You are going to love this book.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By trumpetmama on January 12, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I liked this book a lot and it accomplished the purpose for which it was purchased...we don't "do" Santa with our kids, but I wanted them to know that there really was a man named St. Nicholas and who he was and what he did. My daughter really loved this book, and I think it will become a Christmas tradition. It's nice that the real St. Nicholas loved the Lord and was a Christian, and that that was his motivation for giving gifts. I want my children to understand why we give gifts and more importantly, to understand the precious gift of Jesus as Savior, and I felt like this book was a nice Christmas complement.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
What a beautiful book! Full of great information about a real man. If your family observes St. Nicholas' Day -- December 6 -- you'll definitely want this book!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Luv Books on November 21, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Just read this book to my dd & she states that she "really loves it". We teach that Santa Claus is based on a real man who died long ago, and that he did very kind things because of obeying Jesus Christ's teachings. We'll enjoy having this book around this Christmas season to remind us of the caring & loving acts of Saint Nicholas. This story covers 1 incident in his life which show his kindness & generousity & gives emphasis as to why he was like that - because that was his way to show Jesus' love to others. The author comments on how he's now known as Father Christmas. There's a note to the "grown-up" that explains a few facts concerning Saint Nicholas and a glossary that explains some words/places. We love the colorful & life-like pictures. Hope this review will help someone! Have fun reading!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By m4goo5 on December 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In our house, we don't stress Santa Claus at Christmas, we try and stress giving to others who need it and that it is Jesus's birthday. But we don't outright say Santa is a myth.

This book does a great job for young kids in describing who Saint Nicholas was, why we might model giving after him (the story describes a single act of his) and how he is referred to in other places (Father Christmas and Santa Claus). It makes it a bit easier to deal with Santa.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By L. Grillo on December 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I did like the book but if you like a little more detail this is not for you. It is great if you only have a few moments to read to your little one. It only told of one good deed of the saint. It does tell of his faith in our Lord but still not much detail. I would like more on his childhood and how he grew to be so loving and kind. I would like more detail on his faith. If you know of such a book please let me know. yrosemarie@yahoo.com
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