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THE REAL SANTA CLAUS

Marianna Mayer, Author . Penguin Putnam/Fogelman $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8037-2624-6

In this worthy companion to her other works about religious figures, Mayer (Young Jesus of Nazareth) uses several brief stories to introduce the fourth-century orphan boy turned miracle-working bishop who inspired the modern holiday image of Santa Claus/Father Christmas. Masterpieces from European museums and churches illustrate scenes from the saint's life; laid out on pages framed and accented with gold paint, they create a setting far more elegant and reverent than the nostalgic cover art would suggest. Clement C. Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas" opens the volume on a festive and familiar note. All ages. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 09/24/2001
Release date: 09/01/2001
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