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.
Though L. Frank Baum is most often remembered for his creation of the Land of Oz and its many books, he boasts a healthy catalog of work outside of Oz. Among them is The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. With a lively and affectionate performance by Cindy Hardin Killavey, this fantastical take on the classic holiday story will surely delight children young and old. With the same wondrous imagination found in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Baum creates stories and answers for all the questions regarding Santa Claus' curious history.
"The pure spring-fed voice of...[Harden] is the best argument I know for simply putting great books in the hands of great readersand getting out of the way. Hers is a trained voice but it is also something more basic. It is the voice of a mother reading to her children." (The Lost Angeles Times Book Review)
"The story has both the charm and clunkiness of fantasies of its era...there's a lot of imagination at work, as Baum creates whole races of fairies, gnomes and magical woodsfolk who help Santa along the way...Veteran storyteller Cindy Killavey is a warm presence as she recounts the tale, doing especially well with the voices of small children to whom Claus has pledged to bring joy." (The Providence Journal)
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- Louise M
I've never read this story, only listened. This was as good as could be.
This story is so much a part of my childhood memories, and I was surprised to learn it was by Baum.