ZonderKidzThe Legend of St. Nicholas: A Christmas Story of Giving
The day before Christmas, Nick is unhappy about being dragged along for last-minute shopping with his dad. He's too excited about what he'll get for Christmas this year. While waiting for his father, he overhears a store Santa telling the legend of another boy named Nick - the boy who became Saint Nicholas. That story changes his whole outlook on the spirit of Christmas giving. Bright, festive artwork accompanies the text of master storyteller Dandi Mackall, who reminds children ages 4 to 8 that God gave us the greatest gift of all.
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Review 1 for The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Christmas Story of Giving
LOVE this book
Date:January 6, 2011
I bought this book because a friend recommended it, and I do not regret my purchase. It has gorgeous illustrations and a touching story. I bought it to read to my boys every Christmas in anticipation of Santa Claus's arrival. It helps teach a spirit of giving and reminds the children that Jesus is truly the reason for the season.
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Review 2 for The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Christmas Story of Giving
Prolific Christian children's book author Mackall offers up this tale not in her famous rhyme, but in straight prose. She begins by introducing us to Nick, a boy who's grumpily Christmas shopping with his father when he overhears the store Santa telling a story...Long ago, there lived a boy named Nicholas. When his wealthy parents died, Nicholas asked his friends what they'd do if they had a great deal of money. One boy said he'd pay all the family bills, since his father was out of work. Another boy said he'd buy his mother a much needed coat. And a girl said she'd pay for her sisters' dowries, so they could marry.That Christmas night, Nicholas decided there was no better time to give gifts than on the celebration of Jesus' birth. He rushed out and threw coins and a coat through his friends' windows. He also attempted to throw dowry money through the window of his third friend's house, but the windows were locked. He looked heavenward, praying for God's guidance...and saw his friend's chimney...Modern day Nick is stirred by this tale of the real Santa Claus, and with renewed Christmas joy, not only finds just the right gifts for his brothers, but uses up his remaining money buying gifts for poor children."Nick felt sure he'd never look at Christmas the same way. He wanted to remember the gifts of Saint Nicholas, the gifts of the wise kings, and most of all, God's gift of baby Jesus."What I Like: I like the interweaving of a modern tale of a child who learns the real meaning of Christmas and the joy of giving alongside one of the historical legends of St. Nicholas, the inspiration for the make-believe Santa Claus. Guy Porfirio's illustrations are also beautiful: realistic and colorful without being gaudy.What I Dislike: Nothing.Overall Rating: Excellent.Kristina Seleshanko, Managing Editor, Christian Children's Book Review