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The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (Hardcover)

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By L. Frank Baum, Janeen R. Adil (Retold by), Charles Santore (Illustrator)
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This enchanting tale, originally written more than 100 years ago by L. Frank Baum, marries all the magic and fantasy of "The Wizard of Oz" to the classic Christmas tale.

Nicholas is a mortal child found in the forest and raised by a band of woodland fairies and elves, where he learns to whittle small trinkets and toys from wood. As he grows older, he makes it his mission in life to make children happy by carving and delivering toys. Such traditions like hanging stockings on the chimney, Claus's flying reindeer, and St. Nick's immortality are explained through Baum's colorful narrative thread.

Award winning painter Charles Santore, who has interpreted such classics as "Peter Rabbit," "The Little Mermaid," and "The Wizard of Oz," beautifully re-imagines this Christmas fairytale, which is sure to become a Christmas classic on children's bookshelves.

About the Author

L. Frank Baum was born in 1856, to a wealthy family. He was weak in health as a child and spent most of his time reading in his father's study. Baum created fantasy stories for enjoyment rather than moral learning, including the original American fairytale, The Wizard of Oz.Charles Santore is a nationally acclaimed illustrator. He is a recipient of the Society of Illustrators' Award of Excellence, the Hamilton King Award, and the Alumni of the Philadelphia College of Art. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and in many private collections. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Praise For…

School Library Journal, October 2009
“The large format, brimming with plenty of lush full- and double-page paintings depicting fairies, sprites, Knooks, and a very comely young Claus, will appeal to many children.”

Publishers Weekly, 10/26/09
“…lavishly detailed…Santa’s evolution from humble woodsman to the man in the red suit will delight readers and answer a few questions to boot.”

The Columbus Dispatch, 11/15/09
“In 1902, the creator of The Wizard of Oz series published his imaginings of the origin of Santa Claus. St. Nick was raised by woodland fairies, grew to love children and wanted to be their champion, and eventually became immortal. Santore's page-filling paintings are equally magical.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780762427963
ISBN-10: 0762427965
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2009
Pages: 54
Language: English