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Fact and legend combine in this picture book biography of the patron saint of children, scholars, and sailors. As his story unfolds, the similarities between Nicholas, who was famous for his acts of charity, and the present-day Santa Claus become clear. 32 pages; ages 6 and up; paperback.
Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle . . . Some historians trace these figures back to a man who lived in Asia Minor more than one thousand years ago. His name was Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra. Over time, the facts of his life merged with legend. But behind the legend lies a remarkable life. Ann Tompert's dramatic and simply told biography presents the life of Nicholas through a skillful blending of fact and legend, while Michael Garland's mosaic art beautifully reflects the Mediterranean world of the fourth century. Whenever we remember the needy at Christmas or give a gift to a loved one, we are living in the spirit of Saint Nicholas, who lives on in the spirit of Christmas.
Ann Tompert is the author of many books for children, including Saint Patrick, which Booklist selected as one of the top ten religious books for children in 1998. She lives in Port Huron, Michigan.
Michael Garland has won numerous awards for his work. He is the illustrator of the Golden Kite Honor Award-winning Leah's Pony, by Elizabeth Friedrich. He lives with his family in Patterson, New York.