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The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (Yesterday's Classics) Paperback – September 28, 2006
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Julie Lane was the pen name used by Amelia Catherine Houghton when she wrote The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. This book was first published in 1932 by Santa Claus Publishing Company in Boston, Massachussetts. Amelia Houghton died in 1989 after a long and satisfying career as a public school administrator and teacher. The illustrator, Hokie, was Ms. Houghton's husband. He died in 1961. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In summary, it is the tale of Santa's life from the time he was an orphaned baby to the present. It explains why we hang our stockings, how Santa can leave presents for children with no chimney, where he got his reindeer, why he only flies at night, why he created toys, and so much more. It weaves together a caste of grand characters to make the world brighter and all the more beautiful. While this version lacks the illustrations I've heard other versions contain, I found that the tale was descriptive enough that my imagination created the images with an ease.
I gave this five stars because of the imaginative plot, colorful characters, writing style, and how successfully it was written in order to be accessible to all children. This is a book that can be read to people of all ages.
When young Clause is found by the Master Woodsman, he is taken to the forest of Burzee to be raised and cared for. Clause learns to respect nature and life. His adoptive mother is a nymph who cares deeply for him and when Clause becomes a man he journeys into the world from whence he came.
Clause settles in a beautiful valley and learns that he has a great talent for making toys. These he begins to make for the children who live in nearby villages, for Clause greatest desire is to make the lives of children happy.
The story follows Clause as he discovers new ways to create toys, who to give them to, his first sleigh ride, and the the protection his friends from Burzee afford him. As Clause's life comes to its close, his friends from Burzee, the immortals, gather together to discuss what may be done to allow Clause to continue the great he has done for all the children near and far.
Here are the answers to all of the questions:
- Why do we have a Christmas Tree?
- Why do we hang our stockings on the fireplace?
- How will Santa Claus deliver presents if we don't have a fireplace?
- Who is Santa's Mom?
And the list goes on and on. You will be surprised at the "Naughty and Nice List".
This should be required reading for every parent, no later than their child's first birthday.
Now all we need is a book with the answers all of the other questions:
- Why is the sky blue?
- How come I can't go to Billy's house after school?
- But if I don't like 'em, why do I have to eat 'em?
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.
It must be said the adaptor did leave in some very good sections of the book which make it more appealing to younger children and it is obvious this book is meant for the younger set The story explains why Santa Claus makes toys and why he has reindeer. Also why hang up stockings for Santa Claus? The story does explain many things and makes them accessible for modern readers. For example the episode with Mayrie features a child speaking in childlike tones which would not be acceptable to modern readers. In the scene, in which Santa creates the first Christmas tree, a teepee is featured in the background but the language is edited for modern sensibilities as in the original text the parents of the children are called "neglectful". In this version the words are edited so as not to offend modern ears. I don't necessarily approve of changing the classics but the language in the original could be seen as offensive.
However over all as a beautifully illustrated classic it is beautiful and worth having on the shelf for collectors and for anyone who loves Christmas and Santa Claus.