The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (Google eBook)

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Digireads.com Publishing, Jan 1, 2004 - Fiction
19 Reviews
An imaginative work published in 1902, Baum tells the story of Claus, an orphaned human raised by various immortal creatures in an enchanted forest. When he reaches adulthood, Claus is told to live among mortals, and he is disheartened initially by poverty, war, and other negative aspects of humanity. He becomes well-known for his kindness to children, and this enthusiasm leads to the invention of the first toys. Claus eventually makes it his life's mission to bring joy to children, and this unfolds into an entertaining explanation of many Christmas traditions, including stockings, trees, and climbing chimneys. The road is not always smooth, and Claus ultimately must face the result of mortality after a lifetime of generosity. "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus" shows the depth of Baum's understanding of children that explains his monumental success as an author of classic children's literature.
  

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Review: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

User Review  - Fran V - Goodreads

How did I miss this little gem when I was growing up? If you like a Father Christmas-Santa Claus-King Holly that is in the tradition of the ancient myths where fairies and elves trolls and other-world ... Read full review

Review: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

User Review  - Jess Michaelangelo - Goodreads

A whimsical children's story perfect for reading aloud this time of year! I adore all things Christmas. Chances are, if a book has Christmas in the title, on the cover, or in the synopsis, I will read ... Read full review

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Contents

1 Burzee
5
The Child of the Forest
6
The Adoption
10
Claus
12
The Master Woodsman
15
Claus Discovers Humanity
17
Claus Leaves the Forest
20
1 The Laughing Valley
23
The Wickedness of the Awgwas
43
The Great Battle Between Good and Evil
48
The First Journey with the Reindeer
53
Santa Claus
59
Christmas Eve
61
How the First Stockings Were Hung by the Chimneys
67
The First Christmas Tree
72
1 The Mantle of Immortality
75

How Claus Made the First Toy
27
How the Ryls Colored the Toys
30
How Little Mayrie Became Frightened
35
How Bessie Blithesome Came to the Laughing Valley
38
When the World Grew Old
81
The Deputies of Santa Claus
84
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About the author (2004)

Best known as the author of the Wizard of Oz series, Lyman Frank Baum was born on May 15, 1856, in New York. When Baum was a young man, his father, who had made a fortune in oil, gave him several theaters in New York and Pennsylvania to manage. Eventually, Baum had his first taste of success as a writer when he staged The Maid of Arran, a melodrama he had written and scored. Married in 1882 to Maud Gage, whose mother was an influential suffragette, the two had four sons. Baum often entertained his children with nursery rhymes and in 1897 published a compilation titled Mother Goose in Prose, which was illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. The project was followed by three other picture books of rhymes, illustrated by William Wallace Denslow. The success of the nursery rhymes persuaded Baum to craft a novel out of one of the stories, which he titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Some critics have suggested that Baum modeled the character of the Wizard on himself. Other books for children followed the original Oz book, and Baum continued to produce the popular Oz books until his death in 1919. The series was so popular that after Baum's death and by special arrangement, Oz books continued to be written for the series by other authors. Glinda of Oz, the last Oz book that Baum wrote, was published in 1920.

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