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Shvoong Home>Books>Children & Youth>The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus Review

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

Book Review   by:Insomniac23     Original Author: L. Frank Baum
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In the Forest of Burzee lived mythical creatures - Fairies, Knooks, Ryls, and Nymphs. They were ruled by Ak, the Master Woodsman of the world. One day, Ak visited the Nymphs and told them about a baby abandoned in the Forest. Necile, a curious nymph, looked for the child and brought him to her abode, imploring Ak to allow her to keep the child for her own. Ak agreed and so the child grew to be a friend of the mythical creatures, under their guidance and protection. They named him Claus.

When Claus reached manhood, Ak opened his eyes to the world of humans. Claus was instantly drawn to the children and have made it his life-long commitment to make them happy. He thus withdrew from the Forest and settled himself in Laughing Valley, near creatures of his own kind. The protection and favour of the Forest, though, remained with him. To please the children, Clause made toys, and his craft was said to be the best in the world so his fame grew, both with children and adults. The mythical creatures offered him reindeers and all the help he would need to be able to make and deliver toys to every child in the world.

The time came, however, for Claus to retire as he was but human, and thus succumbed to old age and was vulnerable to death. Ak called upon the rest of the immortals and with their blessing, endowed upon Claus the Mantle of Immortality.

To this day, Claus continues to bring happiness to children all over the world.

Admittedly, I have never come across any story about Santa Claus's life, fiction or non-fiction. He is a being I just assumed to be there, a creation of one ingenious mind, to add cheer to an already joy-laden season. Now, L. Frank Baum gives form to the substance, with his idea that Claus is an abandoned human, raised by immortals, and eventually given immortality. This is a novel idea, and I might say, a workable one. Santa Claus suddenly has an origin, and any questions as to how he became the Santa Claus we know today is answered. Even how he gets on chimneys is answered. The myth has turned into reality, and this work by Baum is fun enough for a children's story. 
Published: November 21, 2009   
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