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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.
©1905 Bowen-Merril Company; (P)2007 Jimcin Recordings
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Critic Reviews

"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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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Louise M on 02-13-08


My family and I listened to this on a car trip a few weeks before Christmas. Every was enthralled, from the grandparents to the six year old. Terrific story and terrific narrator. I can't believe that I had never heard of this book before.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michelle on 01-17-12

beautifully nostalgic

Would you consider the audio edition of The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus to be better than the print version?

I've never read this story, only listened. This was as good as could be.

What did you like best about this story?

This story is so much a part of my childhood memories, and I was surprised to learn it was by Baum.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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