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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (881 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: L. Frank Baum Narrator: Cindy Hardin Killavey Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN:
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Everyone knows about Santa Claus of course and his wonderful trip around the world on the night before Christmas. But what about his early life? Where was he born? What was he like as a youth? How did he come to be such a wonderful toymaker? When did he start using the Reindeer? And, most importantly, how has he been able to live so very long?

In this holiday classic from the author of The Wonderful Wizard of OZ, all these questions are answered. We find out about Santa's life from his birth and childhood days all the way up to the time he began his magical trips on Christmas Eve. Baum paints a picture of a wonderful place called Burzee, where Santa grew up, that has all the charm and fantasy of Oz. This is a must-listen for all ages.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 2/16/2014

    " Published in 1902, this secular novella by the author of the Oz books creates a mythology behind Santa Claus through a society of fairies and nymphs. It tells of Claus' birth, how he came to invent toys, how he got his ten (yes, ten) reindeer, and various other Christmas traditions. The author even reluctantly shares an epic battle between the forces of good and evil--okay, maybe not epic, but.... It's a sweet story, with good characterization, and Baum does well at creating a world, though toward the end it starts to feel like he is trying to predict every question. Considering he was known to tell stories to groups of children orally and answer their questions as he did, I wouldn't be surprised if that factored in to his writing in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna | 2/7/2014

    " Fun, quick read. Filled with folklore and mythical creatures, I love how this book tells the story of how Santa Claus came to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/30/2014

    " Cute twist on the stories of how Santa Clause came to be complete with explainations of why he delivers toys to children only at when it's dark, on Christmas eve, how he is able to get into houses that do not have a chimney, and how he has lived so long! For those that didn't notice, this book was written by the author who wrote "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaime | 1/28/2014

    " Write a review... have never read this, you have missed one of the best fantasy mythological adventure books of all-time. Although, Mr. Baum's Oz series gets more attention, this tale is fantastic. Santa Claus' life is told as a myth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Souza | 1/16/2014

    " I love this version of how Santa came to be. Beautiful story for all ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LGayle Gustafson | 1/15/2014

    " 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 Amy | 1/13/2014

    " When I saw this was by L. Frank Baum, I had to read it since I loved the Oz series when I was younger. It's another version/history of how Santa Claus came to be. It's very creative and a fun spin on some of the traditions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridgett | 1/12/2014

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roberta | 1/4/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 11/6/2013

    " I like this Rankin-Bass special, and enjoyed these illustrations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 10/2/2013

    " Best Christmas story ever "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 8/31/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly Broussard | 4/20/2013

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

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

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regina Hunter | 9/5/2012

    " Very original book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/30/2012

    " I loved this book. When the kids are out of school next week we will read it together as a family. I think they will love all the great 'answers' for their Santa questions. It tells why and how everything got started in a great folk story background. Fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nemo Pondus | 3/18/2012

    " Excellent story and telling of an otherwise very familiar tale. It's a shame you don't hear more about it. "

  • 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.