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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Kids (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762427965
  • ASIN: B00375LKW2
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,943,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3–In this significantly shortened version of Baum's 1902 tale, readers learn that Santa Claus, abandoned as a baby, was adopted and raised by a wood-nymph in the magical forest of Burzee. After he grows up and learns about the human world he came from, he decides to devote his life to helping children, and the rest is history. Baum's original language, florid and wordy, has been pared down into a more readable and modern narrative. The large format, brimming with plenty of lush full- and double-page paintings depicting fairies, sprites, Knooks, and a very comely young Claus, will appeal to many children. The Land of Faerie plotline is a tad odd, but all the elements of Santa Claus's story (the reindeer, the chimney-clambering) are reassuringly present.–Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library END

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School Library Journal, October 2009
“The large format, brimming with plenty of lush full- and double-page paintings depicting fairies, sprites, Knooks, and a very comely young Claus, will appeal to many children.”

Publishers Weekly, 10/26/09
“…lavishly detailed…Santa’s evolution from humble woodsman to the man in the red suit will delight readers and answer a few questions to boot.”

The Columbus Dispatch, 11/15/09
“In 1902, the creator of The Wizard of Oz series published his imaginings of the origin of Santa Claus. St. Nick was raised by woodland fairies, grew to love children and wanted to be their champion, and eventually became immortal. Santore's page-filling paintings are equally magical.”

Customer Reviews

Nice Addition to your Holiday Books to read to the children.
Tamara
I purchased it for my father who is a HUGE "Wizard of Oz" fan and has the original novel by L. Frank Baum.
Julie
Having said that, the illustrations in this book are gorgeous.
Portianay

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 25, 2009
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First and foremost I knew by the product description this book is an adaptation of L. Frank Baum's classic tale of everyone's favorite Christmas Giver and the book is without question breathtakingly beautiful. It is full of Santore's marvelous paintings which look like something Arthur Rackham would illustrate. The fairies are wonderful as are the nymphs, knooks, and the ryls who actually look like the colors they represent and they are cute funny looking creatures. But then Santore creates a world of strange and marvelous creatures who are fantastic yet very human. Looking at the great Ak who is the lord of the forest you see person who appears so very human and Necile, Santa's adoptive mother, looks very human and beautiful. The overall artwork portrayed shows mostly the fantastic world of the fairies and to a lesser extent the people of the human world. However Bessie Blithesome is a very human sweet girl who exudes joy at receiving a doll from Santa.
One of the few flaws of this book is that it is an adaptation and whole episodes are omitted from the story, namely the awgwas were omitted and what a pity they were for it would have been terrific and terrifying to have seen Santore's portrayal of the creatures. Afterall Santore's horrifying wicked witch of the west from the Wizard of Oz is one of the best portrayals of the character ever painted for current children's books today and to have see his villains for this book would have been wonderful. Also omitted from the book are the scenes with Weekum, Mayrie and her brother, and the last chapter of the book in which Santa face adversity from an encroaching civilization and industry.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Lancaster on December 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I don't typically read the editorial reviews, but in this case I was glad I did. From the School Library Journal:

"In this significantly shortened version of Baum's 1902 tale... Baum's original language, florid and wordy, has been pared down into a more readable and modern narrative. The large format, brimming with plenty of lush full- and double-page paintings... will appeal to many children."

The Amazon description is completely misleading:

"This enchanting tale, originally written more than 100 years ago by L. Frank Baum, marries all the magic and fantasy of The Wizard of Oz to the classic Christmas tale."

This is NOT Baum's original tale. If that is what you are looking for, look elsewhere. Essentially the story has been mostly cut out and replaced with beautiful illustrations. It's a nice picture book, but not much more than that. I can say from experience that children are capable of dealing with complicated language. It is simply a matter of getting them used to it. Personally, I find the "child-friendly" editions to be problematic in more than one way. Practically, what usually gets cut out are all the beautiful descriptions that help develop imagination, and all the complicated language that both conveys nuance and feeling and also helps develop a full vocabulary. Ideologically, it is demeaning; it communicates to children that they are neither capable of nor expected to rise to a high standard.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Portianay VINE VOICE on October 27, 2009
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Parents need to understand, before they buy or borrow this book, that L. Frank Baum's works are not typical of today's fantasy reading, and this book is no exception. (I speak of those who are surprised that the WIZARD OF OZ books are not very much like the movie.)

Having said that, the illustrations in this book are gorgeous. It is a treat, and a delight, to thumb through the book and only look at the pictures. The story adds to the enjoyment, but to me, the main event here is the artwork.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joy Frerichs on September 26, 2009
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A beautifully illustrated book that embellishes the story by Baum. It will be cherished by readers who love Christmas stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LARRY PARKS on December 22, 2013
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this book was not what I expected, this book is a abridged version of the original, and should be written that way so no one else thinks it's the full story
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By EAS on November 20, 2009
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This is just a picture book and is not the real text as L. Frank Baum wrote it. It should have been disclosed and the only reason I'm giving two stars is because of the beautiful illustrations.
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At first glance, I thought the illustrations were beautiful, but then I realized that many of the fairies, nymphs, and other immortals were completely naked, or so scantily clothed that not much was left to the imagination. I bought this book to give to my granddaughters, but I didn't give it to them because I don't think these pictures are suitable for children. Also, the text is not the whole story, but an extremely abbreviated version. A big disappointment.
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By Julie on January 18, 2013
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This was a perfect book. I purchased it for my father who is a HUGE "Wizard of Oz" fan and has the original novel by L. Frank Baum. Surprisingly, he didn't know it had been republished into a children's picture book, but he was delighted to get it for Christmas, and we both thought the illustrations were just beautiful. He enjoys reading it to my children and they enjoy having a new Christmas tradition with Papa! I would recommend this book to Baum fans, Santa Claus enthusiasts, or anyone with children.
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