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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553808109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553808100
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

While most people know the myth of Santa Claus, few know the truth--that a 14th-century woodworker dedicated his life to making children happy, but when age and infirmity caught up with him, he was made a saint and moved north to make children happy forever. This inspiring Christmas tale skillfully weaves various popular Christmas fables (the story of Rudolph being a notable inclusion) into a fresh story that retains an air of traditional folk tales while delivering an updated tweak on familiar stories. While the conflict, in the form of villainous Rolf Eckhof, is sporadic, the rest of the story is simply and sincerely entertaining. (Nov.) (c)
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"Slover's charming novella puts an adventurous spin on the Santa Claus tale." ---Library Journal --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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"Ho, ho, ho!" he laughed.
R. A. Frauenglas
In a combination of heartfelt love and magic, the story is told of the meaning of love and giving at Christmastime.
Alex S
The story is well-thought out, even though there are some plot items that are a little...well, convenient.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wulfstan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a nice little Christmas book, the story of Santa Claus retold and re-imagined. The author also takes care to try to work in other Santa legends and tales, and explain them in context, which is nice if you're reading this to children with inquisitive minds. I especially like how the author did that- it's like he has told Santa Clause stories to kids before, got grilled on the implausibilities and has carefully tried to cover each and every one. Of course, kids being kids, I imagine your kids will still come up with a stumper or two, anyway!

The story is perfect to read aloud and share with all but the youngest kiddies (there are a few moderately dark times, but one could skip over them, if reading aloud).

It's not a hard book to read but the vocabulary is not dumbed down either. I read it in one sitting- which also shows it's a real page turner- despite the fact we all pretty much know what's going to happen, and who the woodcarver is going to turn out to be.

This may well turn out to be a new Christmas Classic. In any case, it's a nice little heartwarming book to get you in the Christmas spirit and make a few hours of your day just a little bit happier.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Mann VINE VOICE on October 10, 2010
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Tim Slover has created an imaginative biography of Santa Claus, one that is generally true to the traditional stories but does take a few liberties. The story begins when the narrator, high on a hill collecting pine boughs for Christmas decoration, witnesses a sleigh roar by and disappear on a road that wasn't there a moment ago. But a package falls out, and the package turns out to be a biography of Santa Claus. So ends the foreword.

The majority of the book consists of that biography, a tale of a wood craftsman who, after the plague strikes his village, hits upon the idea of crafting toys for the children of the village. The next year, word has spread, and he must make twice as many toys. Soon, he has more toys than he can possibly deliver. Enter the his wife and a reindeer. I won't give away more of the plot, but suffice to say that there is an antagonist bent on undoing all of Santa's good and a large dose of magic involved. There are also some clever aspects, such as how Santa makes all his deliveries in a single night and why he uses chimneys (or gets into homes without chimneys).

The story moves quickly and is suitable for children (but has a few references that adults are more likely to get, such as to Dickens and Clement Moore). When the biography ends, the narrator returns in a conclusion that is fairly obvious and not at all convincing. Still, we don't really read Christmas stories (especially biographies of Santa) for their verisimilitude, do we?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Easley VINE VOICE on January 21, 2011
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The Christmas Chronicles was a pleasant surprise. I somehow thought that it would present a series of "Christmas" tales, or Christmas traditions from various areas of the world. Instead, The Christmas Chronicles is a novel, a biography actually, of the "real" Santa Claus.

This is a fun story written with great enthusiasm and much imagination. It begins with a prologue concerning a man who ventures into the wilderness to collect pine boughs to decorate his home for Christmas. His car skids off the mountain road and becomes hopelessly stuck. He leaves the car and walks up the mountain hoping to get a cell phone connection. While alone in the remote forest he briefly encounters a reindeer pulled sleigh being chased by grey cloud of despair. After both passed, he found a green book that had fallen from the sleigh. Later he discovered it was a biography of Santa Claus.

The rest of the book is the story of how an orphan boy named Klaus, from the Black Forest of Germany, becomes Santa Claus. The story establishes the character and goodness of Klaus, relates incidents of his selflessness and generosity to everyone, and focuses upon his special concern and love for children.

The chronicles explain how Klaus began a tradition of giving gifts to children on Christmas eve. It answers many questions concerning his life: why his name changed from Klaus to Claus; how he met Mrs. Klaus; how he acquired reindeer; how he manages to deliver to the entire world in one night; how a simple carpenter born in 1343 could still be functioning in the 21st century.

The Christmas Chronicles is a fast paced action novel that kept my attention. I especially liked how this version of the Santa Claus legend is carefully connected to Christ's birth, instead of commercialism. This is a fun myth story and an easy read. I recommend this novel to those who enjoy the Christmas holidays.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Holly TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 9, 2010
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Once in a great while I come across a Christmas book that I believe will stand the test of time. Many books published during this season are light, fluffy and enjoyable but don't have "staying power". When I read this novella, my immediate reaction was that this is a keeper. I will be gifting this to friends and family and re-reading it myself over the years to come.

"The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Clause" is a book that I originally wasn't interested in. I have read a few books of this type in the past and have been disappointed but after reading many of the reviews posted here decided to take a chance. When I opened up this slim volume, I found a magical tale of Santa Claus which begins in the 1300s and takes us through current time. How Santa Claus became Santa Clause is explained in these wonderful pages and I was charmed from the beginning.

Incredible story told with creativity and imagination will delight readers of ALL ages. This could be a story told to young children in nightly installments and keep them mesmerized. This is also a book that will appeal to the older reader as well (I'm 49 and was enchanted).

In my opinion, this is one of the best holiday books written in a very long time!
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