There are many variations on Santa Claus's origin story, but none are as whimsical and imaginative as L. Frank Baum's classic. Originally published in 1902—just two years after The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
—The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
vividly recounts how an abandoned baby raised by wood nymphs grew into a kindly and generous woodworker and eventually became the jolly old elf eagerly anticipated by children every Christmas Eve. Filled with mystical beings and magical places, this delightful fairy tale also offers creative explanations for Yuletide customs such as hanging stockings and decorating trees. Read aloud each holiday season, this lovely little (4"x6¼") edition—complete with gilded pages and a ribbon bookmark— will enchant the whole family! For readers ages 8 and up (and listeners of all ages).