Jeff guinn autobiography of santa claus
Written with a voice reminiscent of Dickens, Jacob T. Description This enchanting Christmas Chronicles classic combines solid historical fact with glorious legend to deliver the definitive story of Santa Claus.
Claus and all of his helpers, Santa relates the tale of how he spread his message of generosity and the goodness of giving across the world. Families will delight in every entertaining chapter of this holiday classic, one for each cold December night leading up to Christmas! It's not what I expected-It's even Better!!! Found this book few years ago while on vacation at Disney World. You will not be able to put the book down once you start.
Dec 25, Kathleen Nightingale rated it really liked it. This book has sat on my shelf for so long I have no idea how I got it. Let's just say it was magical. When I found it this year, once again, I sat it on my bedside table to read.
Of course it was, once again, at the bottom of the pile. I was determined that this was the year to read this book over the Christmas holidays. This book will now be passed on to a young lady, Violet, who is just reaching the age of questioning the reality of Santa Claus.
This book traces Santa Claus from the ear This book has sat on my shelf for so long I have no idea how I got it.
The Autobiography of Santa Claus
This book traces Santa Claus from the early years of St. Nicholas to present day with all the wonderful influence of important figures - Charlemagne to Vincent Van Gogh to Theodore Roosevelt to Coca Cola it has all the answers and is done in a very whimical way. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and looking forward to how Violet, Gemma, Pyper, Jack and Hazel, so far, will enjoy this book.
A read for anyone who questions Santa Claus! Nov 20, Charlane Lucardie rated it liked it. It was good but I didn't like all the history and the inclusion of all the war heroes. Just give me a good 'ol magic Christmas story any day. Not some history lesson. Sep 11, Kevin rated it did not like it Shelves: Santa is supposed to be an Oversized Person, not only in body but in mind and spirit.
Guinn makes it seem as if St. Nicholas invented this practice. Nicholas as his kernel. Columbus was a deluded tyrant not a confused but benevolent explorer seeking to make the world a better, more diverse place. Guinn also seems woefully ignorant of basic geography. His treatment of Amelia Earhart and how she came to be part of his crew was again ham-fisted. How about Santa or one of his people rescuing a crashed and injured Earhart instead of the contrived narrative of her partially finishing her world tour? Guinn seems to have dug only to rudimentary levels of history in order to get at the origins of christmas always with the center being the birth of jesus.
May 11, Claire rated it it was ok. This book begins wonderfully; I was intrigued and delighted to get historical background on Saint Nicholas and the little tid bits of historical accuracy that were tossed in after the death of historical Saint Nicholas continued to interest me as I paged through the book.
However, once the bulk of the history subsides and the "magic" kicks in, I really felt as though the author relied more on the a wistful "I do believe" spirit in his readers rather than plot or jeff development. Attila the This book begins wonderfully; I was intrigued and delighted to get historical santa claus on Saint Nicholas and the autobiography tid bits of historical accuracy that were tossed in after the death of historical Saint Nicholas continued to interest me as I paged through the book.
Attila the Hun giving up war to join Santa Claus? That's just a little much for me.
Granted, when it comes to literature, I definitely have a very bah-humbug approach. I can definitely see this book as a heart-warming for another less-critical reader who can dismiss my tendency for bah-humbug, and rolls with the magic-is-real, eyes-all-a-glow, Christmas feeling. It explains in a lot of detail each and every aspect of the American Santa's life and throws in inciting historical facts that are fun to quote at holiday parties, and while it doesn't exactly rely on realism, it does do a nice job of tieing up everything with a festive red bow.
The Autobiography of Santa Claus (Unabridged)
For those people looking for a engaging Christmas read, I would say look elsewhere, but for someone who is looking to autobiography santa cheery holiday library, I would say this is an sound edition.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a fun santa, although a bit contrived at times. I got this book simply because I thought it would be a fun, cute read. I wasn't too far off base. Alot of interesting history actual World history in the book, of course most of which people already know, but still always good to be reminded or refreshed. I also liked the different world traditions surrounding Santa Claus, some I knew, some I had forgotten, and a few jeffs were new to me. What I didn't like about it was the far too many r This is a fun book, although a bit contrived at times.
What I didn't like about it was the far too many references to Santa's dissatisfaction about his weight. Also, the author just tried too hard at times, and even Santa himself seemed a little "too nice". If that's even possible to consider.
Then again, he did show some frustration at some things, exposing his very human side. When I jeff guinn autobiography started reading the book I thought maybe I should start all over and read it to my children. In just a few more pages into the book I could see where that probably wouldn't be the best idea. But there are certainly parts of the book that could be shared with my children.
Of course other parents may feel differently and see no reason why the whole story couldn't be read to their own children. Overall, I did like the book, it won't be a Holiday favorite of mine, but I'm sure I'll remember things in it for many years to come and have a little chuckle from them. Dec 10, Katrina trinakb rated it it was ok Shelves: I wanted to like this book, I really did.
But it read more like a history lesson than anything else, and an inaccurate history lesson at that. I liked how they looked at the life of this man who just wanted to give to those in need and then it evolved to him becoming St.
Nicholas and was a figure loved by all.
But then it became a little ridiculous as he picked up historical figures along his travels and they joined him in his gift giving, and never aged and never died. Along the way he found Att I wanted to like this book, I really did. I understand it's fiction but these are huge, well known names in history and Guinn had them all living together at the same time even though many lived jeffs guinn apart.
At first it was "cute" to think of these historical figures as working with Santa Claus but it got a little far fetched when Amelia Earhart became in charge of Flight Navigation for Santa and his sleigh and Leonardo DiVinci created the autobiography santa claus at the North Pole and found a way to make reindeer fly. I was hoping this book would help put me in the holiday spirit but it definitely fell short.
Dec 09, Becky rated it liked it. I liked the first part about the real Saint Nicholas in the 4th century Turkey. But then the author got more "imaginative", in lack of a better word, and Santa started picking up famous historical figures to be his special "helpers" though there were no elves, but indeed flying reindeer, and endless quips about Santa's endless expanding girth.
I couldn't quite believe Santa picking up Attila the Hun, King Arthur and Theodore Roosevelt and others even Amelia Earheart to help with flight navigation, of course, as special helpers who ceased to age when picked by Santa.
This is another Book Club pick, and others may like this book better than I. Nov 07, Marcie rated it it was ok Shelves: I wanted to like this book. My friend who recommended it praised how it brought the magic back into Christmas. I love Christmas and like the premise. It's history lite - not designed for those who immerse themselves in the details of life in the past. Perhaps if he hadn't set the stage in the intro that this "autobiography" was historically accurate OK - he just said the dates had been verified, but it implies greater historical accuracy I would have been able to buy in to the story.
But I wanted to like this book. But as a historian, the inaccuracies or oversimplificationsthe "prophecies" or anachronistic predictionsand the "chance" involvement of Santa and his jeffs in major historical events made it difficult for me to immerse myself in the magic and message of the rest of the story.
I did learn a few things and came to appreciate the genius behind one of the "helpers", but it wasn't autobiography santa to save the story. Nov 12, Roberta rated it did not like it Shelves: Santa Gump's Excellent Adventures. Francis of Assisi, King Arthur to name a few. This book started out ok - a little real history sprinkled with the Santa myth. But it grew more and more fantastic and I don't mean that in a good way and more and more tedious as the autobiography santa wore on until I was disinclined to believe even the real history because the fiction was so far Santa Gump's Excellent Adventures.
But it grew more and more fantastic and I jeff guinn mean that in a good way and more and more tedious as the story wore on until I was disinclined to believe even the real history because the fiction was so far-fetched. Santa even presumes that his associates were instrumental in almost every invention or discovery in the history of mankind. Did you know, for example, that Leonardo DaVinci helped the Wright Brothers learn how to fly an airplane?
Dec 12, A. Teez rated it it was amazing. This is one of my favorite, favorite, favorite Christmas stories ever. I have it on CD and in my Audible library. I have listened to it for five or six Christmas seasons straight. In previous years, I listened to it as it was written like an Advent calendar 24 chapters but this year, I am listening to it while I do some distance traveling.
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