cover image The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

L. Frank Baum, , illus. by Charles Santore. . Running Press Kids, $14.95 (54pp) ISBN 978-0-7624-2796-3

Santore sets Baum's 1902 story about the origins of Santa Claus in a lavishly detailed wooded fantasy landscape. The wood-nymph Necile (she strongly resembles Waterhouse's “Lady of Shalott”) adopts a human child, who she names Claus. As he grows up and leaves the forest, he devotes himself to the welfare of poor children by building toys, eventually enlisting magic reindeer and constructing a sleigh. Santa's evolution from humble woodsman to the man in the red suit will delight readers and answer a few questions to boot. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)