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  • Published: 1 December 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143128533
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $26.99

The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus

Penguin Christmas Classics


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Later adapted into multiple animated films, and published here with the original illustrations from the first edition, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus evinces the charm, warmth, and fantasy that made L. Frank Baum's Oz stories American classics.

An irresistible new collectible hardcover in the successful series of Penguin Christmas Classics: the story of Santa Claus, from boy to jolly old fellow, as imagined by the creator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
A magical Christmas story by the author of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus answers the enigmatic Christmas questions: Why does Santa travel via Reindeer? How does he fit through the chimney, and how does he deliver all those toys in one wintry night?
First published in 1902, the tale begins as a wood nymph discovers a baby abandoned in a forest. Raised among mythical forest creatures, the child learns to outwit evil as he grows towards adulthood and must discover how to re-enter the human world, which leaves him determined to share gifts and spread love to his fellow man.
L. Frank Baum creates a world full of charm and whimsy, delightfully imagined with a cast of memorable and loveable characters.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143128533
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $26.99

About the Authors

L. Frank Baum

L. Frank Baum was born in New York in 1856. The Wizard of Oz was based on a story he used to tell his own children. It was published in 1900 and became an international bestseller. The Wizard of Oz was made into a stage play in 1902 and a film starring Judy Garland in 1939. Baum wrote 12 more Oz novels and six short stories. After his death in 1919, his publishers carried on producing Oz stories and didn't stop until 1963!


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