Real St. Nicholas: Tales of Generosity and Hope from Around the World


Folk and literary tales of rescue, nurturing outwitting evil and healing make this a delight for children and adults.
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Folk and literary tales of rescue, nurturing outwitting evil and healing make this a delight for children and adults.
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Publishers Weekly
As the patron saint of pharmacists, brides, prisoners and bakers, Saint Nicholas has become a footnote of history. But as the patron saint of children, he lives on in a spirit of generosity known the world over. This book recounts many of those tales of open-handed bounteousness, beginning with a true story: after the destruction of the World Trade Center, the mayor of Bari, Italy, sent half a million dollars to restore the St. Nicholas church in lower Manhattan, which had been wrecked by falling debris. The cities of Bari and Manhattan both have Nicholas as their patron saint. Other stories, drawn from legends across Europe, speak to the saint's avuncular character and largesse, and to the way his example inspires ordinary people to undertake extraordinary acts of charity. Full-color illustrations and photos of contemporary celebrations of the saint's feast day (December 6) complement the engaging text. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780835608138
  • Publisher: Theosophical Publishing House
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST QUEST
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    Simple Folktales of Powerful Virtue

    I bought this book for myself and then for family members and friends. I knew it was a truly special collection of stories, and sure enough, this book received the Nautilus Grand Winner Children's award by NAPRA. This award honors distinguished literary contribution to conscious living and oisitive social change that serve to expand humanity's vision, awareness and understanding, promoting a more sustainable, healthful and enlightened world. Now to tell you about this book. This book offers its reader the real origins of Santa Claus by reviving the traditions of St. Nicholas with 32 stories from all over the world. It also includes recipes for treats to be served on the feast of St. Nicholas, December 6. The tales appeal to everyone, regardless of age and are enjoyed either read silently or aloud. Simple folktales of powerful virtue that honor St. Nicholas as protector, healer and rescuer. It is a beautifully illustrated book, with colored images of artwork depicting St. Nicholas. You will also enjoy the line drawings that introduce each chapter. This book should be on the top of your gift giving list, for any occasion, as well as for yourself. Certainly, this would make a marvelous gift for the Christmas season.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2003

    St. Nick as a true holy man of compassion.

    This book is a must for those who are tired of the materialistic & consumeristic image of the modern Santa Claus. This work depicts the very spiritual side of St Nicholas. My children love these short stories, which read very well, and entertain the adult reader as well.

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