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The Legend of Saint Nicholas
ISBN: 9780689846816
Author: Demi
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: October 2003
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: In this glorious portrait of the saint who inspired the legend of Santa Claus, Demi describes pivotal events in the history and life of Saint Nicholas, weaving luminous imagery into the story of his connection with Christmas. Full color.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Religious (see Also Religious
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Christmas & Advent
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dewey: 270.2/092
LCCN: 2002008426
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Target Grade: 2-3
Grade level: 2-3
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 9.75" L x 0.25" W
Bargain Category: Religious, Picture Books, Early Elementary
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
From his very first day of life, when he rises from his bath to pray to God, it is clear that Nicholas is a miraculous child with a spiritual destiny. As he grows he is deeply saddened by the sickness, suffering, and death that he witnesses every day. Looking to use his special gifts to affect change in the often desperate world around him, Nicholas dedicates his life to worshiping the Lord and helping those in need. Through his good works, Nicholas becomes the youngest man to ever become a bishop and the patron saint of seafarers, children, and prisoners. He performs more than twenty miracles, including bringing those wrongly killed back to life and going to people in need as an apparition, providing solace and inspiration.

In "The Legend of Saint Nicholas," Demi describes pivotal events in the history and life of the saint, weaving a rich tapestry of luminous imagery into the story of his connection with Christmas and our modern-day Santa Claus. Demi's gilded artwork brings Nicholas to life in a way sure to mesmerize readers new to the story of this fascinating and important historical figure.

Contributor Bio(s): >Demi is the awardwinning author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including Muhammad, King Midas, and Gandhi, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2001 and received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2001 Platinum Seal Award. Demi lives with her husband in Carnation, Washington.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Spring)
St. Nicholas's pious childhood, ministry to the poor, and celebrated miracles are the focus of this book, which features gilded illustrations in the style of centuries-old religious art. Nicholas's dealings with children and the brief coverage of Christmas traditions from around the world may be the book's main sources of appeal for young readers. The Prayer of St. Nicholas and the Beatitudes are included. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2003 September #4)
In her typically well-researched picture-book-biography style, Demi (Muhammad) explores the man and the myths (and the red suit and sleighful of toys). She chronicles stories of Nicholas's childhood as an extraordinarily compassionate and devoutly religious boy, and of the miracles that later made him the patron saint of children, prisoners and seafarers, among others. The text concludes with the saint's prayer. No commercial glitter here; what glistens are Demi's reverent, lavishly gilded paintings, many recalling Byzantine religious art, and the nifty gold-accented endpages that depict Santa Claus/Saint Nicholas/Sinter Klaas in his various guises around the world. Ages 5-10. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2003 October)
Gr 1-4-This richly illustrated biography focuses on St. Nicholas, born around the year A.D. 280 in what is now Turkey. His active life of spirituality, good works, and miracles, especially concerning children, made him a popular saint after his death. The eventual melding of the December 6 feast day of St. Nicholas, which was celebrated with gift giving and merriment, with Christmas is explained clearly, giving children an understanding of how this man morphed into the Santa Claus they know today. The gilded paintings are full of absorbing, though sometimes anachronistic, details. In an illustration accompanying a story of Nicholas tossing coins into a girl's stocking, the stocking is bright red with a white top, very Christmas-y but not exactly third-century attire. The greatest strength of this book is its straightforward, affectionate depiction of a person who, by his deep love for the young and the needy, embodies the spirit of Christmas.-E. M. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.