Author: L. Frank Baum
Length: 224 pages
A couple of years ago, I read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and adored it, so when I found out that L. Frank Baum had written a story about the life of Santa, and how he came to become the man he is, I had to check it out. And I sure am happy I did.
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus tells the story of a human baby who is adopted by a nymph, and raised among the immortals. When he grows up and leaves the forest to help his fellow mortals, he especially wants to make the children happy. The book tells how he came to make his first toy, and how he started travelling in a sleigh pulled by reindeer.
This story is absolutely delightful. Much like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, it is a story that any kid would love to be read at bedtime, and that you will continue to love throughout adulthood. I love how it explains all those little details you might wonder about, like why Santa started putting toys into hanging socks.
There's not much more to say about this book, except that you just have to read it. It's positively brimming with the spirit of the season. 5 stars!