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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (880 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: L. Frank Baum Narrator: Brian Holland Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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This story of Santa Claus veers away slightly from the traditional stories of his beginnings. L. Frank Baum creates a world of fantasy that surrounds Santa Claus's life.

Orphaned as an infant he is found by the nymph Necile, who raises Claus for her own in a world of Rhyls and Agwas. As he grows older he meets his fellow humans, and sees the neglect of children. This sets him on the path to making toys and becoming the beloved Saint Nicholas we are familiar with today.

Brian Holland reads with pleasurable assurance. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye | 2/8/2014

    " Actually it was Charles Santore's illustrations that caught my eye. I loved the pictures! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LGayle Gustafson | 2/8/2014

    " Delightful Santa Claus myth from the author of The Wizard of OZ. The original text was published in 1902! This edition is accompanied by the illustrations of Michael Hague. Enjoy the fantasy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Selina | 2/6/2014

    " As far as a traditional Christmas story, this one will probably not get you in the mood for decking the halls, but it is a interesting take on the mysterious life of Santa Claus. My girls HATED it. They actually refused to listen to the last 5 chapters!! They thought it was weird and resorted to laughing constantly at various names in the book (Flossie and Glossie were big hits) I finished it on my own and thought it was nice book, glad I read it, but won't be making it a Christmas tradition! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bev Hankins | 2/3/2014

    " The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by Frank L. Baum (most widely known for his Oz books) gives us the story of Santa Claus from his earliest days with the fairies and nymphs of the forest through his transformation into the yearly Christmas Eve visitor who brings toys for the children. It tells how the human baby was discovered by Ak, the Master Woodsman, and given his protection and then he was adopted by Necile, the nymph. The boy was named Claus ("little one") and grew up enjoying the protection of the immortals (Nymphs, Ryls, Knooks, and Fairies--those who care for the forests, waters, plants and animals). Once he is old enough to be told that there are others like him, he realizes that he would like to spend his life making other children as happy as he has been with his guardians. He learns to make toys and gives them to the children who have nothing, but soon decides that all children (even those that are rich and seem to be well-cared for) should benefit from his goodness. We also learn how he came to use chimneys and reindeer and finally, why he now makes one trip a year on Christmas Eve. What struck me about this very interesting story of Santa Claus is how much the movie Santa Claus Is Coming to Town must have built on Baum's work (without, as far as I can tell crediting him). The parallels are quite striking: Forest animals protect him; Elves rather than a nymph take in the orphaned child; the scenes showing him learning to make toys; there is the Burgermeister who doesn't want the children to receive toys (in the book it's just a few nobles who won't allow Claus to give toys to their children); the Burgermeister takes the toys and burns them=the Awgwas in the book who steal the toys and hide them in the mountains; in the book the reindeer grow strong on special food so they can run swiftly and leap to the rooftops and in the movie they eat magic corn that allows them to fly; and so on. I'm sure the movie rearranged things as they did to play down the very pagan connections in Baum's work. This is a quite lovely history of Santa Claus. And the illustrations are wonderful. If I had read it as child, I'm sure I would have rated it higher. As it is--three stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 1/30/2014

    " I read this book aloud to my kids in December and although the writing prose is an older, more formal style, they enjoyed hearing how different fairies raised and assisted Claus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 1/20/2014

    " I enjoyed this story of the baby who grows up to become Santa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 12/15/2013

    " Do you like adventures? Do you like Santa? Then you'll love this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/11/2013

    " I would give it a five if it had less about fairies and more about his cat. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 12/10/2013

    " The December choice for the Children's Library Book Club. The kids really liked it. It's quite a period piece, adoring the man who supposedly became a saint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly Broussard | 12/8/2013

    " So magical! I wish I had discovered this book when I was a child, but it is now a holiday favorite. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roberta | 11/26/2013

    " I took exception to this fantasy about Santa Claus because it flew in the face of the conventional history of Santa Claus. How's that for irony? The illustrations by Michael Hague in the edition I read were beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlashane | 11/21/2013

    " We read this over the winter solstice break - the kids loved it. I will read it again and again to them, I'm sure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 11/18/2013

    " this is a really cool book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Helser | 6/26/2013

    " This is definitely a book for the young. I am sure I would have given this a higher rating if I had read this as a child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 5/26/2013

    " I read this as a kid and found it delightful then, and it's still a lovely little story now. I would love to make this a part of my future children's youthful Christmases. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roseann | 9/11/2012

    " What a delight! This should be up there with "Twas the Night Before Christmas" as a must read every season. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenni Lithgow | 9/4/2012

    " Loved it! The Rankin & Bass adaptation of this was my absolute favorite Christmas special when I was a kid, and I've always meant to read the book. . . It did not disappoint me one bit! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darren | 4/29/2012

    " Interseting to have a view of the life of Santa, especially through the mind of L. Frank Baum. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 3/17/2012

    " There are a lot of "origin stories" about Santa Claus out there. This is not one of the better ones. I think I will stick to the Oz books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 3/11/2012

    " Fantastic. This is the legend of Santa Claus. ^_^ It takes about 3 hours to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheralyn | 9/22/2011

    " My favorite christmas book and by a fantastic author to boot. Not even close to the story you would expect unless you have been watching old children's christmas movies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 8/28/2011

    " This is a wonderfully cute read that puts you in the Christmas spirit. I story that tells all about Santa Claus before the popular song and all the christmas movies. This is a great story and a story you haven't heard. If you like any of L. Frank Baum's work, you will completely like this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tntexas | 7/22/2011

    " A fun read about the origins of Santa Claus. Quite different from the old TV specials. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regina Hunter | 7/21/2011

    " Very original book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 6/6/2011

    " Illustrated "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denni | 1/31/2011

    " I wasn't going to read this book next, but found it looking for something else. I started reading and couldn't stop. Read it in 2 days. It is a GREAT read aloud book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/6/2011

    " We read this in December as a family. Charming story of Claus from birth through old age, and how our Christmas traditions and the jolly servant of children came to be. My kids all loved it, and so did I. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 12/23/2010

    " Highly recommend this book by L. Frank Baum, author of the The Wonderful World of Oz, for the holidays - young and old. It's a great fantasy interpretation of how Santa Claus came to be - from his childhood, early years, to what he is today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 12/22/2010

    " Very interesting take on the origins of Santa Claus - by the author of the Wizard of Oz, no less. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 12/19/2010

    " There are a lot of "origin stories" about Santa Claus out there. This is not one of the better ones. I think I will stick to the Oz books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 12/19/2010

    " I read this book aloud to my kids in December and although the writing prose is an older, more formal style, they enjoyed hearing how different fairies raised and assisted Claus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 12/6/2010

    " what a cute and imaginative tome on Santa's life! A whole new world sprung to life through lively description and amazing creativity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 11/28/2010

    " I just love L. Frank Baum. He has such a wonderful imagination! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LGayle | 3/31/2010

    " Delightful Santa Claus myth from the author of The Wizard of OZ. The original text was published in 1902! This edition is accompanied by the illustrations of Michael Hague. Enjoy the fantasy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 2/9/2010

    " The man who created Oz writes this brilliant and fantastical biography of Santa Claus, mixing fairy tale elements with bits from various Santa legends.
    Amazing book.
    Was the first non-Oz book of Baum's I ever read. Great, imaginative stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 12/31/2009

    " I liked this fun tale of how Santa Claus came to be--very creative and makes it easier now for me to answer my children's questions about the jolly man. (-: "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denni | 12/30/2009

    " I wasn't going to read this book next, but found it looking for something else. I started reading and couldn't stop. Read it in 2 days. It is a GREAT read aloud book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spencer | 12/20/2009

    " Weird but kind of awesome. Baum's historical tone is oddly out of place in whole sections of the book.

    I'd recommend this book, but I think I'd recommend the Rankin and Bass clay-mation TV special from 1985. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridgett | 12/14/2009

    " I didn't realize this was a book, but I was familiar with two animated versions I loved. The book is a very interesting take on the (fictitious) origins of Santa Claus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libbydale | 12/11/2009

    " Needed something light to read for Christmas. "

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About the Author
Author L. Frank Baum

Lyman Frank Baum (1856–1919), born in Chittenango, New York, was a journalist, dramatist, and writer best known for his fantasies about the land of Oz, the first being The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The success of this book led to his writing thirteen sequels. He wrote about sixty books in all, mostly for children.