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Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

L. Frank Baum

Book Overview: 

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 at an infant he is found by the nymph Necile, who convinces the great Ak to allow her to raise Claus for her own. 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.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .the bees sang sweet songs as they flew from dandelion to daffodil; the beetles chirruped happily in the long grass, and the sunbeams glinted pleasantly over all the scene.

"Here," cried Claus, stretching out his arms as if to embrace the Valley, "will I make my home!"

That was many, many years ago. It has been his home ever since. It is his home now.


1. The Laughing Valley

When Claus came the Valley was empty save for the grass, the brook, the wildflowers, the bees and the butterflies. If he would make his home here and live after the fashion of men he must have a house. This puzzled him at first, but while he stood smiling in the sunshine he suddenly found beside him old Nelko, the servant of the Master Woodsman. Nelko bore an ax, strong and broad, with blade that gleamed like burnished silver. This he placed in the young man's hand, then disappeared without a word. Read More

Community Reviews

An Awesome Read!

Who doesn't love Santa? I sure do!

In this Classic Book, L. Frank Baum has fun explaining the backstory of Santa Claus to generations of children

I loved how Baum expands on traditional Santa stories. In particular, Mr. Claus is adopted by the wood nymphs and has a deep love for the

Two years after the author's most famous work, Frank L. Baum published this chronicle of Santa Claus (actually named Nickclaus).

We readers thus learn of his childhood in a magic forest where he was raised by nymphs and other immortal folk, before we follow him as an adult man until he becomes the im

L. Frank Baum's take on Santa Claus is totally different from the typical stories I grew up knowing about Santa Claus. Interesting story set in a completely different environment than the North Pole. Staged in the forest with interesting characters who all have their own magical/mystical powers.


No sé por qué esta historia de Baum es tan poco conocida cuando sin duda llega al nivel del mundo de Oz.
En este libro el autor nos cuenta su versión de cómo nació Santa Claus y como se fue convirtiendo en la figura que hoy conocemos y que se pasa la noche de Nochebuena repartiendo

Although I included this book on my children's shelf, it is actually written, I think, to be read aloud to children as the language would be a bit too difficult for a child to read.

This is a stunning work by the mind that also gave us Oz. This is not the usual story about Santa Claus, the North Pole

Holy crap on a Christmas Cookie! I wanted to do Christmas in July. So I'm going to read 4 of these books that are short and have beautiful covers. I will add my little Christmas thing another time as I'm not getting on the computer as much as I told you all

I really enjoyed this book as it took me back to my childhood with memories of how I truly believed. This is a different but very imaginative and old-fashioned story about the origins of Santa Claus. It was an uplifting, quick read, and it answered all the unrelenting questions my 7-year-old has bee

We will not Banish Magic from the World, not while Jolly Old Saint Nicholas keeps the Spirit of Christmas Alive in our Hearts!

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (1902) by L. Frank Baum is the classic biography of the legendary man in the red suit ~ Santa Claus.

Child of the Forest

As with most b

This was a delightful tale of the origins of Santa Claus in a world full of magical, immortal creatures. This was not your traditional Santa at the North Pole story, nor did I expect it to be, coming from such an imaginative writer as L. Frank Baum. This story had the wondrous feel of a fairy tale,

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