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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:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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