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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Yesterday's Classics (28 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159915191X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599151915
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.9 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,089,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie Lane was the pen name used by Amelia Catherine Houghton when she wrote The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. This book was first published in 1932 by Santa Claus Publishing Company in Boston, Massachussetts. Amelia Houghton died in 1989 after a long and satisfying career as a public school administrator and teacher. The illustrator, Hokie, was Ms. Houghton's husband. He died in 1961. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Not a very thick book only 90 pages , reminicent of a DVD called Christmas story, I started and finished this book the same day this book tells the story of Sant Claus from the day he was born as Nicholas to the day he died as an old man and became Santa Claus. easily could be a bedtime instalments for those who ,Believe.
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Fabulous holiday entertainment for the whole family! 28 Nov. 2010
By Molly Grue - Published on Amazon.com
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My family first heard this tale on audiocassette. It was narrated by Bill Everett, who did a wonderful job of bringing this story to life. After our youngest child was born, we purchased a car with a CD player, and since the book wasn't available on CD at the time, I purchased a paperback copy and read it to my youngest instead.

The book starts sadly when Nicholas (who is about five years old) loses his entire family during the course of one day---his father, a fisherman, is lost in a storm at sea; his tiny sister succumbs to illness; and his mother is struck by a falling tree while travelling through the windswept forest.

The families in his village each raise the orphaned boy for one year, and in gratitude, he makes Christmas toys for the children in each home. As he grows to manhood, Nicholas experiences a variety of adventures that lead to the adoption of the traditions associated with Santa Claus.
Unlike L. Frank Baum's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, there are no supernatural elements in this story, and not a single fairy in sight. When Nicholas finally dies of old age, the villagers are surprised to discover that someone has delivered the children's Christmas toys anyway, and one child concludes that Nicholas hasn't really died after all. No further explanation is offered, so I told my children that the child was right---the memory of Nicholas's generosity had survived him and inspired others to follow in his footsteps.

Please note that an abridged version of this book also exists: The Adventures of Nicholas: or The Wonderful Life and Complete Account of That Famous Toymaker and Children's Friend, Nicholas, Better Known as Santa Claus by Helen Siiteri (1966), which is also still in print. The original is longer (154 pages versus 82 in the abridged version) and better, and is highly recommended in both the print and audio versions.
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A delightful background to the legend 30 Nov. 2010
By SEPpietoeing Through the Tulips - Published on Amazon.com
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This book describes the childhood, youth, and adulthood of Nicholas, who was to become known (after his death) as St. Nicholas or Santa Claus. This is a charming, old-fashioned story of real people with real concerns and lives. Nicholas himself is a bit TOO good (butter wouldn't melt in his mouth!) but is still a very kind, generous, and likeable man. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is written in a style that makes it accessible to young children without 'talking down' to adults. Needless to say, there is no violence, crime, sex, or any of the other bad things that are so prevalent in modern books - just the story of a little boy who is able to overcome loss of his family and grow into a good and generous man who loves children and becomes a legend in his own time (and after his death as well!). Highly recommended!

Note on Kindle formatting: Nearly perfect.
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Mommy 23 Dec. 2009
By Layna Simms - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a mother of two almost three kids. I grew up with this book. Every x-mas eve we could open one present (a pair of pj's). We'd grab a pillow and blanket and lay on the ground to listen to my dad read the whole book before we went to bed. I've had this book in my life for over 20yrs, and now I have children it is a must have, no question about have to have. I just wish it would go back in print. To know where Santa came from to know at one point he had a family. And why everything is the way it is, when my kids ask where holly comes from I know. It will be a holiday tradition for my family and hopefuly grandkids.
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Hard-to-find treasure 28 Feb. 2013
By T. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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As a child, every Christmas Eve, my sisters and I would curl up by the tree sipping cider or cocoa while our dad read this aloud. In total, with one or two potty breaks it would usually take four hours. But the tale is so beautiful and heart-wrenching that it enraptured all of us (even as young children) I have been searching for this book for decades. I still have not been able to find a beautiful, large hardbound copy (as my parents have) but something is better than nothing. I KNOW my children will love this tale, and the tradition will continue for generations. This book is TRULY that special!!!
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a great book!! 5 Jan. 2007
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was a great book.I think its a great book because of it helps explain how santa came to be.Ialso think its a good book because it helps to feed litle kids imanginations. I thought that giving toys away willingly was a generous thing to do. That's why I think The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is a good book
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