The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

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A holiday classic from the author of The Wizard of Oz

Where did Santa Claus come from? In this classic tale from Oz scribe L. Frank Baum, the beloved symbol of Christmas is removed from his conventional trappings and placed into the world of imaginative folklore. From his humble beginnings in an enchanted forest of mythical creatures to his toy deliveries to all the world's children, The Life and Adventures ...
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Overview

A holiday classic from the author of The Wizard of Oz

Where did Santa Claus come from? In this classic tale from Oz scribe L. Frank Baum, the beloved symbol of Christmas is removed from his conventional trappings and placed into the world of imaginative folklore. From his humble beginnings in an enchanted forest of mythical creatures to his toy deliveries to all the world's children, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is a must read for all ages.

A human foundling child, adopted by a wood-nymph and raised by the creatures who inhabit a magical forest, grows up to be the immortal Santa Claus.

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Publishers Weekly
Hague's admirers and Oz aficionados may also be interested in The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum. First published in 1902, the book follows Santa Claus from the time he's a baby through his years of toy-making and on to his role as deliverer of Christmas gifts; Hague contributes red-ink drawings as well as watercolors. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Santore sets Baum's 1902 story about the origins of Santa Claus in a lavishly detailed wooded fantasy landscape. The wood-nymph Necile (she strongly resembles Waterhouse's “Lady of Shalott”) adopts a human child, who she names Claus. As he grows up and leaves the forest, he devotes himself to the welfare of poor children by building toys, eventually enlisting magic reindeer and constructing a sleigh. Santa's evolution from humble woodsman to the man in the red suit will delight readers and answer a few questions to boot. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
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Gr 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
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Gr 3-5-Originally published in 1902, this fantasy imagines that Santa Claus was once a human foundling adopted by woodland fairies, who grows up surrounded by elves, Knooks, Ryls, and other "immortals" of the natural world. Claus decides that his mission in life should be to bring joy to mortal children by making and distributing toys. His good works spread worldwide, and the mantle of immortality is bestowed upon him. This is a long and old-fashioned tale full of improvised fairy lore, a battle against the evil Awgwas, and unique explanations of such Christmas customs as hanging stockings. Claus is an appealing character, although he never quite comes fully alive. The illustrations, both full-color watercolor paintings and monotone ink drawings, add lots of Rackham-like charm to this handsomely designed book. An attractive addition but not necessary for most collections.-E. M. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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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.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486232973
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/1976
  • Pages: 208
  • Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author


L. Frank Baum was born in 1856, to a wealthy family. He was weak in health as a child and spent most of his time reading in his father’s study. Baum created fantasy stories for enjoyment rather than moral learning, including the original American fairytale, The Wizard of Oz.

Charles Santore is a nationally acclaimed illustrator. He is a recipient of the Society of Illustrators’ Award of Excellence, the Hamilton King Award, and the Alumni of the Philadelphia College of Art. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and in many private collections. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Biography

Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, Aunt Em -- where would our national psyche be without The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? L. Frank Baum, who created a story with an indelible, sometimes haunting impression on so many people, led a life that had a fairy-tale quality of its own.

Baum was born in 1856 to a family that had made a fortune in the oil business. Because he had a heart condition, his parents arranged for him to be tutored privately at the family’s Syracuse estate, “Roselawn.” As an adult, though, Baum flourished and failed at a dizzying variety of ventures, from writing plays to a stint with his family’s medicinal oil business (where he produced a potion called “Baum’s Castorine”), to managing a general store, to editing the Aberdeen Pioneer in Aberdeen, South Dakota. In 1897, following his mother-in-law’s advice, Baum wrote down the stories that he told his children. The firm of Way & Williams published the stories under the title Mother Goose in Prose, with illustrations by Maxfield Parrish, and Baum’s career as a writer was launched.

With the publication of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, Baum gained instant success. The book, lavishly produced and featuring voluptuous illustrations by William Wallace Denslow, was the bestselling children’s book of the year. It also set a new standard for children’s literature. As a commentator for the September 8, 1900 New York Times described it, “The crudeness that was characteristic of the oldtime publications...would now be enough to cause the modern child to yell with rage and vigor...” The reviewer praised the book’s sheer entertainment value (its “bright and joyous atmosphere”) and likened it to The Story of the Three Bears for its enduring value. As the film industry emerged in the following years, few books were as manifestly destined for adaptation, and although it took almost four decades for a movie studio to translate Baum’s vision to film, the 1939 film did for the movies what Baum’s book had done for children’s literature: that is, raised the imaginative and technical bar higher than it had been before.

The loss of parents, the inevitable voyage toward independence, the yearning for home -- in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Baum touched upon a child’s primal experiences while providing a rousing story of adventure. As his health declined, Baum continued the series with 14 more Oz books (his publisher commissioned more by other authors after his death), but none had quite the effect on the reading public that the first one did. Baum died from complications of a stroke in 1919.

Good To Know

Baum founded the National Association of Window Trimmers and published a magazine for the window-trimming trade – he also raised exotic chickens.

Buam was married to Maud Gage, a daughter of the famous women’s rights advocate Matilda Joslyn Gage.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Floyd Akers, Laura Bancroft, George Brooks, Edith Van Dyne, Schuyler Staunton, John Estes Cooke, Suzanne Metcalf, Louis F. Baum, Lyman Frank Baum (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 15, 1856
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chittenango, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      May 6, 1919
    2. Place of Death:
      Hollywood, California

Table of Contents

Lyman Frank Baum began his career as a journalist but established his reputation by writing for children. In this children's fantasy, Santa Claus begins his life as an infant abandoned in the woods. He's adopted by a nymph and as he grows up we follow his adventures that eventually lead him to make the biggest decision of his life: to become the benevolent, gift-giving figure we all know.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2009

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    Don't order the wrong book...

    If you are looking for L Frank Baum's "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus" this book isn't it. This book is a beautiful retelling by Janeen Adil. The description above does not mention this fact. But, this book is about a hundred or more pages short. So, don't be fooled by the above description or the cover of this book. If you see it in a store, flip to the title page where it finally says, "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum, retold by Janeen R. Adil * Illustrated by Charles Santore".

    To get Baum's true version, you'll have to look for an unabridged printing. And, as beautiful as Santore's illustrations may be, they are not the original plates and drawings by Mary Cowles Clark.

    Again, this is a beautiful book but I'm incredibly disappointed to find that this is not the book I thought I was ordering.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2005

    The Santa Story that Makes More Sense

    I own one of these original Frank Baum books. As a child my grandmother read this story to my sister and me, one chapter at a time. Santa became more identifiable as a babe, adopted by wood nymphs and sprites. Donning the Cloak of Immortality makes the Santa story no only more plausible in a mortal sort of way but also more magically human and beyond. I frequently give gift copies to the adults with children or adults who continue to remain childlike.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    Enjoyable Christmas Eve read

    Read this Christmas Eve by the glow if the tree after learning that the animated Christmas special I had once seen and loved was based on a book by the same author of a childhood favorite, The Wizard of Oz. It was a great take on the legend of Santa Claus that blends with my pagan beliefs. Quick, fun read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    So good.

    This is one of the best books I have read. It's long but it's so good. I recommend it to anybody.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2010

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    Fun quick easy read for an 11 year old girl.

    This book was a good book to read on a quiet rainy day. I enjoyed the writers version of the characters who found and took care of Santa. I would read again and recommend to friends and family to read. My mom let me read this book on her new Nook. It was great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

    Charming presentation of a neglected classic

    Baum's backstoy of the popularized embodiment of the generous spirit of Christmas in the person of Santa Claus is wonderfully illustrated with detailed and nuanced mystical-and-realistic storyline and imagery that appeals to both girls and boys as well as to the child in all adults.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    a lovingly illustrated alternate children's christmans story, perfect for YULE

    This is a simply written account on how 'santa Claus' came to be. that he was raised by elves and how he befreinded all creatures of the magical forest and how he became the friends of the children. The real treasure in this book though is not the text. THE illustration are so gorgeous that come Yule time again I will try to get prints, methinx.

    The illustrations are unfashionable real in style not mangaesque or comicstyle. more in the line of norman rockwell but less stylised.

    I woudl unequivocally recomend this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2007

    IT WAS GOOD, BUT NEEDS MORE

    The life and adventures of santa clause was a good book, but hard to understand. The way the author discribed the characters was great, even though they are really old, they were really beuatifull. I think it needs more exiting events.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2004

    Great, Imaginative Story

    I thought this was a great book about one of the world's most familiar characters. Charming with beautiful illustrations.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2000

    For All People who love to read Fiction/fantasy

    This is a wonderfull book for the Holidays. It captures every Childs imagination. and captured mine when I was young. I still cherish this book because of the format it is put in to. I still read it today.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    A Classic

    This new edition should help to make this a classic in children's literature. The illustrations are beautiful & just right for the story. This is a book for the whole family.

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