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Number of Pages: 32
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 10.75 (inches)|
In The Legend of St. Nicholas, the new artwork, created by Marley and Me illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, captivates audiences and tells the story of a young man named Nicholas, who was moved by the plight of the poor and needy. Nicholas spent his life secretly helping the poor all over the world, giving gifts on Christmas Eve to remind people of the greatest Gift of all, Jesus Christ. This gentle Christmas book introduces the original St. Nicholas and offers inspiration for readers to become cheerful givers themselves. The final pages in the book include fun Father Christmas traditions in other lands.
Dandi Daley Mackall loves God, children, words, and animals. Her nearly 500 books for children and grown-ups have sold more than four million copies worldwide. She won the ECPA Christian Book Award for Best Childrens Book 2015 and multiple Moms Choice Awards, as well as ALA Best Book, NY Public Library Top Pick, Childrens Book Council Award of Excellence, and the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Childrens Literature. Her novel My Boyfriends Dogs is now a Hallmark Movie. Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her family, including horses, dogs, cats, and an occasional squirrel, deer, or raccoon.
Richard Cowdreys favorite things to draw and paint are the things that reflect the awesomeness of God and His creation. From vast landscapes to the littlest bug on a leaf, Richard marvels at the beauty in the details. Richard's bestselling children's books include Legend of the Candy Cane, Bad Dog, Marley and A Very Marley Christmas.
KateAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A cute story.October 17, 2014KateAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Christmas stories are a delight to me....as y'all might know by now. I love stories that weave the traditions of Christmas with their original sources to make things click with kids.
I was familiar with the story of St. Nicholas...yes it was through the shows of Santa Clause is Coming to Town and Veggies Tales St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving. What can I say, I love the classics and humor!
The illustrations of The Legend of St. Nicholas were beautiful. The colors were bright and captivating. I loved how it started out the story in the 40's/50's era with a little boy in a store listening to the Santa telling a story. There is just something about that time and Christmas together that just seem perfect. As we travel through the tale, the characters are drawn to fit the era of the story.
The story itself was nice to see. A boy who has grown up seeing people around him needing help, not knowing what to do, then when his friends are in need of help, he wants to with all of his heart. I enjoyed the story, the only small qualm I had with it, was the choppiness of the story in a few parts. It started off talking about Nicholas as one age then the next paragraph he is a new age with something else he is seeing. It confused me for a second in reading, but it smoothed out and had a wonderful lesson in it.
Christmas can be a time where it can be easy to be sucked up into the "I" and "Me" of everything. The rush of the Black Friday sales after Thanksgiving dinner is a prime example. If that is all that spoken of, it's not fun. Christmas is much more then that, and this book is good to point out that fact. Giving is the best gift of all and much more fulfilling then getting what you want.
Thank you to Zonderkidz, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
IVLeagueCabot, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A tool to explain the inclusion of St. Nicholas in holiday traditionsOctober 9, 2014IVLeagueCabot, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Every family celebrates Christmas in their own way. In our home we blended Jesus and Santa into our Christmas morning celebrations. Its a compromise that we make while the children are young because both my husband and I grew up with the Santa tradition. Our children receive three gifts under the tree as Christ received three gifts from the wise men, while Santa fills their stockings. However you celebrate Christmas, The Legend of St. Nicholas will fit in nicely.
Your family can use this book as a tool to explain the inclusion of St. Nicholas in holiday traditions as well as his presence in fictional stories, movies, seasonal music, and shopping centers. These anecdotes include why it is believed he shimmies down chimneys. Without spoiling the wonder of Santa, the book notes Gods greatest gift of Jesus as St. Nicholas motivation for giving.
As a parent I enjoyed the emphasis on joyful giving. In the story a young boy named Nick stops with his father to deposit money in a bell-ringing Santas red bucket. At this point in the story Nick wants to save his extra money to but a gift for himself. After hearing the store Santa tell a group of children the legend of St. Nicholas, Nick has a change of heart. Instead of selfishly spending his extra tender on himself he decides to buy gifts for the collection box.
I believe The Legend of St. Nicholas is a good choice for your family, church, or school library. The cover is delightfully appealing to children and the colorful illustrations held our 6 year old daughters attention. By my estimation, this book would be suitable for children from pre-K through elementary ages. Although I encouraged our daughter to read the book aloud to me, she became fatigued by the use of larger words she had difficulty pronouncing. Older children or advanced readers will be able to manage on their own.
I received this book free as a member of the BookLookBloggers review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
ChooseWiselyFredericksburg, VAAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Santa story for your FamilyOctober 8, 2014ChooseWiselyFredericksburg, VAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleWhile I realize Halloween is not quite here, I have been thinking of Christmas. There are already ornaments in some department stores and I just purchased wrapping paper from my sons school fundraiser. I do love the Christmas season, but I always dread revisiting the Santa Clause issue with my two boys. I have told them the truth many times, but they like the idea of Santa. And lets face itSanta is everywhere! I love The Legend of St. Nicholas by Dandi Daley Mackall for this reason.
This delightful story is a retelling of the man who was thought to be the original Saint Nicholas. It begins with a little boy who found it easier to spend his money on himself than on his little brothers. He overhears a store Santa telling the story of Saint Nicholas. It is an updated version, but the spirit of the story is maintained. My oldest son read it to me this evening as I was cooking dinner. I am starting early, so that when Christmas arrives this year we can focus more on the reason for the season and the gift of giving. He enjoyed the book and was able to tell me on his own the main idea of the story.
The best part of this book, is that it allows me to keep Santa this coming Christmas. We will continue to read this beautifully illustrated book until Christmas as a new tradition in our family. The pictures captured the attention of my children who lingered on each page. I feel the recommended age on the back of the book (ages 4-8) is appropriate.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book by its publisher and author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated.
DavidsMomLouisianaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Christmas is about others!October 2, 2014DavidsMomLouisianaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is a cute Christmas book. It takes you back in the 60/70s or so with a young boy going shopping with his father. He is only thinking of himself until he hears the store Santa telling of the Legend of St. Nicholas. I love how the story ties into Nicholas' parents taking him to the Holy Land to learn of Jesus' birth. Then after he is left with a lot of money and trying to find his purpose in life, he decides to secretly bless his friends on the best day ever, the birthday of Jesus. His friends think it is truely a blessing from God. Also in the story, when he can't find his way, he prays and God shows him the direction. I love these little lessons that we can teach our children. The pictures are great and realistic. It is set way back in the years that one of his friends talk about how her sisters can't marry because her parents don't have money to pay their dowries. This is something I don't think a young person can understand. I change it up and say they can't afford the wedding. At the end of the story, the boy is ready to go buy gifts for his family and friends and has found the real reason for Christmas - blessing others! My 5year old has wanted me to read this book every night for a week. I would reccomend this Christmas book. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggersbook review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255