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The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  1,582 ratings  ·  235 reviews
The wonderfully imaginative creator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz takes the beloved symbol of a merry Christmas out of his conventional trappings and into a world of enchanting folklore. As a gentle young man, Santa makes his first toy and discovers his destiny for years to come--as a purveyor of happiness for children around the world. Illustrated throughout.
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published August 28th 1971 by Exposition Press (first published 1902)
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Matt
Dec 20, 2008 Matt rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who has kids; and anyone who loves Christmas
This is really a fine children's book. Like any good children's literature, it is equally enjoyable for adults. Placing Santa Claus firmly in the pagan world of fairies, woodland spirits, and other such folktale powers, Baum reminds us that Santa - despite the relation to the Christian St. Nick - is clearly an embodyment of the pagan celebration of joy, light, and life that is and has always been a massive part of Christmas.
The book presents a very likeble Santa Claus and is highly original. Mos
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David
Not at all what I was expecting, but then, I have just read several Oz books, so I should have known better than to think anything created by their author would conform to expectations. I found this book very charming, delighted that it situates Claus in a pagan world, eventually earning the honorific "Santa" from the parents of happy children. But he starts out as an ordinary mortal, and the other immortals must vote unanimously to give him the immortality he currently enjoys. Like the Oz books ...more
J.P.
A beautiful book. Will definitely make you feel the warmth and love and giving-nature of Santa Claus in your heart this time of year. (Also discovered that the soundtrack to the movie Amelie is the perfect soundtrack to this book.)

If you have particular books that you read every Christmas - A Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, etc. - add this to the list.
Candi
This was a delightful tale of the origins of Santa Claus in a world full of magical, immortal creatures. This was not your traditional Santa at the North Pole story, nor did I expect it to be, coming from such an imaginative writer as L. Frank Baum. This story had the wondrous feel of a fairy tale, with Santa being raised by a wood nymph and protected by the Master Woodsman of the World. Baum illuminates the beauty of nature in his descriptions of Santa's surroundings, and reaffirms Santa's love ...more
Christopher Massikki
woooow...setelah baca bukunya saya di bawa kembali ke masa di mana saya masih kanak kanak...sebagai umat kristiani,saya sudah di perkenalkan sama sosok Santa oleh kedua orang tua saya.Tapi sosok Santa itu siapa???selama ini yg saya tahu adalah sosok Santa dgn jubah merah dgn jenggot putih tanpa tahu bagaimana sosok itu muncul pada awal mulanya,sejarah mengenai dirinya,asal usulnya....Dari kecil saya selalu penasaran soal itu

Dalam buku ini semua itu di ceritakan dgn detail dan masuk akal..saya sa
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Jen ƸӜƷ
A magical story of which Baum uses various fables about Santa Claus to create his life story. Definitely on par with The Wizard of Oz books.
Michael Jones
This is a beautiful story, beautifully written. By the end of the first page I realized that this book cannot be read quickly - Baum's pacing is gentle and deliberate, with a "Once upon a time..." fairy-story quality that begs to be savored. Even with that, though, I was able to finish the book in just a few sittings. It was totally worth the time investment! I think even my fantasy story-loving thirteen-year-old might enjoy this book.

This isn't your Rankin-Bass Santa who grows up with the Kring
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jennifer
This begins with the discovery of the human baby by nymph Necile, who asks for permission from the Master Woodsman, a ruler of immortals, to keep the mortal child for her own. Named Claus, the boy is raised by all the fairies and magical creatures until the day he realizes that he must go live among other humans. He discovers a talent for toy-making, an empathy for all children, a way to carry his toys across the world and how simple B&E is.

I didn't know Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz, had
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Richard Ward
I love the Wizard Of Oz, and I like some of L. Frank Baum's other books a lot, too. But he was a prolific writer who also wrote his fair share of stinkers. This story of how Santa Claus came to be just bored me to tears. Santa is not remotely interesting here, nor are any of the other characters, nor is the story. At least it's free for your Kindle (or whatever), since it's in the public domain. But even at that I felt ripped-off, somehow.
Mark Wilkerson
I wish that my mom knew about this book when I was a wee little boy. This is a completely legitimate "origin-story" for Santa Claus, and all the questions I had about Santa Claus, like "Where did he come from?" or "How does he get into houses without chimneys?" or even "Why did he pick reindeer instead of horses?" are all explained in this story.

This is a fun little story to read to young children right in the lead-up to Christmas; the story is not too harrowing, yet not dull, and there are man
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Samantha Hopwood
Holy Christ in heaven, if you're thinking "this looks cute. It's that guy who did the Wizard of Oz!" just give up. It's not worth it. I've spent at least ten hours of this fucking Christmas season trying to get through this monstrosity and, oh, the horror. If Bing Crosby in the background isn't enough to get me effing jolly as I read this, I don't know what will. Yes, I know, he wrote this for children. You know who else wrote for children? JK effing Rowling, that's who. So don't tell me I'm jud ...more
Eveline
whoaa this one is perfectly written.
i love stories about this version f santa claus's life. its just adventorous :)
The Literacy Advocate
NOTE: I searched on the Michael Hague edition (Signature Classics) of this title, and the accompanying volume came up on the search. My assumption, therefore, is that this is the Hague version, the review for which follows.

A MAGICAL, SOPHISTICATED INTERPRETATION FOR BELIEVERS OF ALL AGES!

THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS is a feast for lovers of folk tales. Lively illustrations, rendered with beautiful detail and entwined with narrative, are accompanied by a very interesting and innovative
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Robert Zimmermann
I’ve read the first few Oz books from Baum, and I’m enjoying that series. It’s fun and imaginative. That’s what I thought of this book as well, though only to a lesser extent. That’s not to say this book is worse than those of the Oz series, it’s just a different side of Baum’s writing.

The Santa Claus mythology we know today varies from culture to culture and generation to generation. While I’ve long outgrown the holiday traditions from my childhood, this book didn’t lack in a story to draw me i
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Jennie
I always loved the odd, but enchanting stop motion animated movie of this, which I gotta say it was quite faithful to the book. It made me a little giddy when I realized that Claus in the book also was a little obsessed with carving wooden black cats to pass out to children.

Written by the same author as the Wizard of Oz series and published in 1902 this book is a very sweet and extremely pagan telling of the origins of St Nick. There are nymphs, fairies, sprites and host of other immortals that
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Renee Bush
Parents need to understand, before they buy or borrow this book, that L. Frank Baum's works are not typical of today's fantasy reading, and this book is no exception. (I speak of those who are surprised that the WIZARD OF OZ books are not very much like the movie.)

Having said that, the illustrations in this book are gorgeous. It is a treat, and a delight, to thumb through the book and only look at the pictures. The story adds to the enjoyment, but to me, the main event here is the artwork.
Tami Flygare
Just couldn't get through it. Some of it was interesting, but I was bored through most of it. I finally stopped about halfway through.
Meg
Just as lovely as the movie with a few parts that didn't make it in to the movie
Fran
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 creatures existed with men, then this is a Santa tale for you. Or your children.

This is a Santa that Tolkien might have written, very Hobbitish ot Tom Bombadilish in flavour, but even simpler, and fairly short. It was clearly written for children, but not dumbed down in language or content. For th
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Jane
First off, thanks to my sister for finding this awesome book at a thrift store and passing it through the family. (Promise to save and return it for our cousins!) Great premise, but the folklore of the forest/fairy creatures was excessive. The first 75 pages could be trimmed to about 25 pages and get to the heart of the story - Santa! I was more interested in the last half of the book, how he came to be considered by the traditions we know today. I found myself surprisingly bored by the chapters ...more
Titis Wardhana
ahh enaknya jaman dulu, dengan hanya mainan kucing dari kayu saja, anak2 udah pada seneng banget :p... gw jg mau tiap hari bikin mainan (kalo bisa), makanan uda ada yang nyediain, kucing juga ada yg ngerawat, rumah bersih :D

Iseng: covernya bagus, gw suka, tapi yang dinaiki Claus itu rusa kutub atau kereta luncur ya, atau gabungan keduanya... :p
Fransiska Tyas
Santa Claus adalah sosok yang misterius, yang keberadaannya antara ada dan tiada. Banyak legenda yang menceritakan kisah hidup dari Sang Santa. Saya sendiri cukup menyukai kisah Santa Claus, tentang kebaikan hatinya dan tentang berbagai keajaiban yang dibuatnya. Salah satunya adalah karya L. Frank Baum. Legenda yang dikisahkan oleh L. Frank Baum sangat menyenangkan untuk diikuti. Kisahnya mengalir penuh keajaiban. Begitu melihat buku ini di rak sebuah toko buku, saya begitu tertarik untuk membel ...more
Judith
I don't know. Maybe I'm just too old. But I am a true believer in Santa and this just felt like more of a slog than a magical journey. I have read all the reviews and everyone with children seem to love this, but I think When Santa Fell To Earth by Cornelia Funke is a much better origin story. Not traditional, but it retains more magic than this one does.
Nancy
I've seen the Rankin-Bass special, which is very hard to catch, but never read the book. This was a fun little book, and very imaginative. I always liked the Oz books as a kid, as well, so not surprised I liked this one. Well worth the read. Read it to your kids or have them read it. Find the TV special if you can, too. It's a good on.
Aneesa
Extremely sweet and charmingly original. Who knew Claus was raised by wood nymphs and invented toys? I appreciate the final chapter addressing the issue of newfangled stovepipes in place of chimneys.
Ben
I have to say I expected more from L. Frank Baum. I liked the beginning of this book, but I kind of started falling apart later on. The ending was really rather strange and annoying. So overall not on my favorite list of Santa Clause origin stories.
Angela
Well, to be honest, I was disappointed. Baum's Oz books are so wonderfully weird and thought-provoking, and I was expecting something similar. This was just a straight-forward story, with none of that magic.
Brenna
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is as perennial as watching some version of "A Christmas Carol" or watching "It's a Wonderful Life" between Thanksgiving and Christmas. When I started to read L. Frank Baum as an adult, I found this little book and fell in love with it.
The story line follows a group of fairies, gnomes, and more who find a human baby abandoned at the edge of a forest and raise it. In true L. Frank Baum fashion, he writes a story that is enjoyable for both the adult and the
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Michelle
Cute story about the life of Santa Claus. It doesn't entirely fit in with the current tradition, but I think it's still a worthwhile read for the imagination, and child in all of us.

Claus is abandoned as a baby and raised by a nymph. As he ages, he takes an interest in humans, specifically poor children. He decides he wants to make the lives of the poor more joyful, and does so by making and giving away toys. Eventually what starts out as a small, local tradition expands into Christmas as we kno
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Kat
A fun little book. A couple of possibly racist bits, but actually the weirdest part is that it states that Santa Claus invented toys and implies that many parents just don't care about their children until they see that Claus does...?

Aside from that, it portrays a lovely world -- very Ozian, in that "hidden fantasy elements" way, with the different roles of the Fairies, Nymphs, Ryls, Knooks, Gnomes, and other fae. I actually did like the growth of the character, and it has a funny aspect of feel
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Lyman Frank Baum was an American author, actor, and independent filmmaker best known as the creator, along with illustrator W. W. Denslow, of one of the most popular books in American children's literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, better known today as simply The Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a pleth
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