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A Kidnapped Santa Claus

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Author: L. Frank Baum
Published: 1904
Language: English
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.6
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,888
mnybks.net#: 939
Genre: Young Readers
Excerpt

'em!" exclaimed Santa Claus positively. "Such people do me no real harm, but merely render themselves and their children unhappy. Poor things! I'd much rather help them any day than injure them."

Indeed, the Daemons could not tempt old Santa Claus in any way. On the contrary, he was shrewd enough to see that their object in visiting him was to make mischief and trouble, and his cheery laughter disconcerted the evil ones and showed to them the folly of such an undertaking. So they abandoned honeyed words and determined to use force.

It was well known that no harm can come to Santa Claus while he is in the Laughing Valley, for the fairies, and ryls, and knooks all protect him. But on Christmas Eve he drives his reindeer out into the big world, carrying a sleighload of toys and pretty gifts to the children; and this was the time and the occasion when his enemies had the best chance to injure him. So the Daemons laid their plans and awaited the arrival of Christmas Eve.

The moon shone big and whit

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
2006.01.17
Anna M.
***..

Mediocre morality tale for children. Though, Santa is a likable character, and so is the Daemon of Repentence. I wonder if Tim Burton stole this idea for the Nightmare Before Christmas.


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