The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

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by L. Baum
     
 

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Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 - May 6, 1919) was an American author of children's books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a host of other works (55 novels in total, plus four "lost" novels, 83 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts, and many miscellaneous writings),

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Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 - May 6, 1919) was an American author of children's books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a host of other works (55 novels in total, plus four "lost" novels, 83 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts, and many miscellaneous writings), and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen. His works predicted such century-later commonplaces as television, augmented reality, laptop computers (The Master Key), wireless telephones (Tik-Tok of Oz), women in high risk, action-heavy occupations (Mary Louise in the Country), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work).
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Editorial Reviews

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.
School Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781479224180
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
09/02/2012
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

L. Frank Baum was born in 1856 in Chittenango, a small town near Syracuse, New York. He wrote many popular books for children, but he is best remembered today for his beloved classic The Wizard of Oz.

Michael Hague has illustrated some of the best-loved works of children's literature, including The Velveteen Rabbit, The Wizard of Oz, and The Teddy Bears' Picnic. His lush, detailed watercolors have earned him a dedicated following and a reputation as one of America's foremost illustrators of books for children. He lives with his wife, Kathleen, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Visit Michael Hague at his web site: michaelhague.com

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The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read. It's long but it's so good. I recommend it to anybody.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
designer-editor More than 1 year ago
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.
Elisande More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great book about one of the world's most familiar characters. Charming with beautiful illustrations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Have you ever thought who Santa Claus was before he was the jolly grandfather figure? Who raised him and how did all the traditions that go along with him begin? This book answers all those questions and more. I had never even heard of this book's existence so when I got the email offering it to read and review, I knew I had to read and review it and share it here. Divided into three parts, this great little book tells the reader of the story of this "man" from when a fairy adopts him and raises him in an enchanted forest and when he leaves them to share joy. I loved how these magical creatures help him to find his life's work and then keep his life's work going. If you already knew about this book, let me know what memories you have of reading it. I was excited to share it with my sister so she could share it with her girls!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
LoveReadingIL More than 1 year ago
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.