The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

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Bowen-Merrill Company, 1902 - Christmas stories - 206 pages
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Relates Santa's life, from childhood to old age and into immortality, mentioning such adventures as those with the friendly wood nymphs and the wicked Awgwas.
 

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User Review  - regularguy5mb - LibraryThing

I absolutely love Baum's take on Santa Claus. I remember seeing the Rankin & Bass animated special based on this years ago, but never realized it was a book until years later when I saw it on a shelf ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chrisethier - LibraryThing

So this was the basis for one of my favorite Christmas specials, which they don't show often enough (I am referring to the 1985 version). Baum's story of Santa Claus does take out the religious aspect ... Read full review

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Page 136 - He brought toys to the children because they were little and helpless, and because he loved them. He knew that the best of children were sometimes naughty, and that the naughty ones were often good.
Page 178 - King, whose people inhabit all that region under the earth's surface, where they guard the precious metals and the jewel stones that lie buried in rock and ore.
Page 192 - But I hope they will not cut down all the trees, for mankind needs the shelter of the woods in summer as much as the warmth of blazing logs in winter.
Page 36 - With that he gave them all a loving look and turned away. There was no need to say good by, but for him the sweet, wild life of the Forest was over. He went forth bravely to meet his doom — the doom of the race of man — the necessity to worry and work.
Page 161 - Glaus noticed them when he came down the chimney that night. As he was in a great hurry, he stuffed the toys into the stockings and dashed up the chimney. "I wish they would all hang up their stockings," he thought, as he drove to the next chimney.
Page 117 - Now I will gladly have done with wicked spirits and with fighting and bloodshed. It was not from choice that I told of the Awgwas and their allies, and of their great battle with the immortals. They were part of this history, and could not be avoided.
Page 202 - Santa began to send great heaps of toys to the toy-shops, so that if parents wanted larger supplies for their children they could easily get them; and if any children were, by chance, missed by Santa...
Page 28 - In after years the doom of mankind overtakes them, and they find they must struggle and worry, work and fret, to gain the wealth that is so dear to the hearts of men.
Page 95 - Awgwas; for children possessing such lovely playthings as he gave them had no wish to obey the evil thoughts the Awgwas tried to thrust into their minds.
Page 33 - Yet every man has his mission, which is to leave the world better, in some way, than he found it.

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