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Lill's Travels in Santa Claus Land

Ellis Towne

Book Overview: 

This is a story that a mother named Lill tells her daughter. In her story Santa Claus is a farmer that grows most of his toys. Then one year there is bad crop of soldiers....

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I thought they looked very much surprised at their surroundings. Farther on were china dolls, that looked quite grown up, and 010011[Blank Page] -->012I suppose were ready to pull; and a gardener was hoeing a row of soldiers that didn’t look in a very healthy condition, or as if they had done very well.

“The gardener looked familiar, I thought, and as I approached him he stopped work and, leaning on his hoe he said, ‘How do you do, Lilian? I am very glad to see you.’

“The moment he raised his face I knew it was Santa Claus, for he looked exactly like the portrait we have of him. You can easily believe I was glad then! I ran and put both of my hands in his, fairly shouting that I was so glad to find him.

“He laughed and said:

“‘Why, I am generally to be found here or hereabouts, for I work in the grounds every day.’

“And I laughed too, because his laugh sounded. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Lill's travels with Santa Claus is part of a bunch of other short stories, but is really the only one worth reading. It would be a shame to pull down the ratings of the story to include the rest, so I'm not going to.

This is a story that a mother named Lill tells her daughter. In her story Santa Clau

In this book from 1878, there are good stories for children. There are no illustrations in the Kindle version, although there are indications where they should be.

I think most people are drawn to this work by the title story: Lill's Travels in Santa Claus Land. It's a short tale about a girl travelling to Santa Claus's realm, where he grows his toys in fields to give to kids on Christmas. A refreshingly whimsical, yet still a little unsettling, take on the Sa