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Title: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
This is the life story of a man named Claus (later known as Santa Claus). It starts with his baby years, when he was abandoned near the forest and a kind-hearted nymph named Necile adopted him as her own. Claus grew up in an enchanted forest, but when he reached adulthood, he took his place in the world of man. From his home in the Laughing Valley, Claus spreads happiness to the children of the world by making and delivering toys. This story talks about his life’s work and how a few common Christmas traditions came to be.
My son and I just finished reading this for school. The first time I read it was several years ago and I was quite taken with it back then. Though the language is quaint and a little old-fashioned, by son thoroughly enjoyed the book and couldn’t wait until we could read the next chapter.
Baum’s story about Santa Claus is more than just a jolly old elf who likes to eat cookies. His is an active and philanthropic man who makes it his life’s work to bring joy to others. I like how Santa serves as a middleman between the world of mortals and immortals in this story, drawing the immortals into helping humanity. I’m sure I’ll be coming back to this book again in a few years so I can read it with my younger girls. I know they will love the story and I think this is a great family read-aloud!
I recommend The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus to young readers, families and anyone else who wants to learn more about Santa’s history (at least according to Baum).
Rating: 4 Stars
Until next time…