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The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus Paperback – January 23, 2013

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482054868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482054866
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found L. Frank Baum’s Life and Adventures of Santa Claus to be a thoroughly delightful children’s book. Published in 1902, it reflects a period of innocent literature unknown to today’s tots. The fantasy story tells of Claus’ origin, his life making toys and delivering them to children, and how he became immortal. The various immortal creatures—both good and evil—are wonderfully described. Both children and adults will enjoy this forgotten gem. I highly recommend it.
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A beautiful retelling of the Santa Clause story.
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.
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This is a delightful version of the Santa Claus legend. Baum is adept at mingling the world of fairies and nymphs with the world of humans to create a lovable Claus. This book, like his Oz books are aimed at children and the child in all of us.
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How Santa Claus came to be, and how we as parents have been accepted to be his assistants. And most important of all is the fact that no limitations are applied to us as Grandparents.

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?

ENJOY!
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I bought this book to help my 9 year old son who was starting to ask a whole lot of questions about the existence/possibility of Santa Claus to see if it would help. This is definitely NOT written for children of any age. My son is a very avid above his level reader, but this book just did NOT hold his attention at all. It's too bad.
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This book interested me because it was written by L. Frank Baum, author of the OZ books, but frankly, I was disappointed. It required more suspension of disbelief than my senior citizen mind could handle. Children might enjoy it, but I would have preferred more of a "Christmas-y" atmosphere.
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This is a beautiful children story. It uses fairy folklore in a basic plot and weaves a magical tale for us to enjoy at Christmas Time.

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.
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A number of years back a clay-mation Christmas special was made and I've been trying to find the book ever since. It is out of print as far as I can tell so it was a wonderful surprise to find that I could download it as a Nook Book. The story tells how Chris Cringle came to be Santa Claus and one of the Immortals. The story is a joy to read as are the Oz books by the same author.
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