Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving by Dandi Daley Mackall, Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey

A young boy goes Christmas shopping with his father and learns a lesson in giving from a store Santa.  This is not exactly the traditional Saint Nicholas story about a man that lived 300 years after Christ and gave to the poor and needy.  The story related by the store Santa gives a somewhat modern spin on the old tradition making Nicholas into a young boy.

I was hesitant at first to read and review this book since we will not be doing Santa with our children.  I was pleasantly surprised though by how much I enjoyed it.  I loved how they incorporated the story of the birth of Jesus and Nicholas’s prayers to God for guidance.  There were beautiful illustrations throughout the book as well.  I think the age range of four to eight that is on the back of the book is probably accurate.  This book will be a regular read for us during the Christmas season. 

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