The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

 

Hey, look, a book review! I mean sure, the book was only like 150 pages and super cute and short, but still! Progress!

So, L. Frank Baum wrote this book in 1902, and I have to say that it’s pretty awesome. I saw this book at B&N last year at Christmas-time and have waited ALL YEAR to finally read it, so thank goodness I liked it. I think it may become a Christmas classic for me, to read every holiday season.

This tells the story of Santa Claus, how he was abandoned as a baby in the Forest of Burzee and raised by immortals, and when he finally went and saw the rest of the world and mankind, he grew a special place in his heart for children. He decides to dedicate his life to trying to make children happy, which leads to him creating toys for children and eventually distributing them all over the world.

I really liked that this book was whimsical and fun – it’s the story of Santa, with nymphs and fairies and other mystical creatures involved. As the book goes, you learn about all the different things that make up that “Santa Claus” image – why stockings were hung, why Christmas Eve is the night he gives presents to children, how he manages to do it all in one night, etc. It was adorable. In fact, this would make a really awesome movie – apparently there are some older animated adaptations, but I think Pixar should pick this up and do it, it’d be so magical!

The ONLY thing that didn’t sit quite right with me is how much the book goes on and on about how much Claus loves children. In 1902 maybe that was normal and sweet, but these days it just sound creepy, right?

STILL, a wonderful Christmas story and gave me the warm and fuzzies.

 

Sarah Says: 4.5 stars

 

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4 comments

  1. I’m huge on Christmas books and wait all year to read them. This really does sound cute and will be added to my Christmas TBR for next year! πŸ™‚

    Yeah, the children love seems like it might be a bit over the top lol.

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  2. Awwww, this sounds like such a cute Christmas read! I think I’m going to read A Christmas Carol for the FIRST TIME this year, and I’ve also got another Christmas book on the go. So, yay! πŸ™‚

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  3. I haven’t read this one, but I love the idea of it! I read A Child’s Christmas in Wales every year, but that’s about a page and a half long. Definitely have to get a copy of this. L. Frank Baum! My childhood!

    And ah, kid love. So sad that it’s really just creepy now. We’re so jaded!

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