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The Legend of St. Nicholas

A Story of Christmas Giving
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Format: Hardcover

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The Legend of St. Nicholas, written by award-winning author Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Marley and Me artist, Richard Cowdrey, tells the story of the original St. Nicholas and reminds children that God Gave us the greatest gift ever given.
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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.

Contributor(s) Dandi Daley Mackall , Richard Cowdrey
About the Contributor(s) Dandi Daley Mackall

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 Children’s Book 2015 and multiple Mom’s Choice Awards, as well as ALA Best Book, NY Public Library Top Pick, Children’s Book Council Award of Excellence, and the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children’s 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 Cowdrey

Richard Cowdrey’s 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.

 

UPC 025986731151
ISBN-10 0310731151
ISBN-13 9780310731153
Publish Date Sep 23, 2014
Weight (lbs) 1.0200
Height 9.25
Width 11.13
Length 32
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zonderkidz
Price $16.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Bethany
Overall Rating
The Legend of S. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving by Dandi Daley Mackall, is the story of a young boy, who would rather receive gifts at Christmas than give. The story is set in a story, where Nick and his father have gone to get gifts for Nick’s brothers. In the store, Nick’s dad goes one way to take care of a list that Nick’s mom had given him, while Nick was entrusted to find gifts for his brothers. In the process of walking around, he comes across the elf room and proceeds to hear the legend of St. Nicholas. It’s a cute book, but the issues I have with it are: 1) Nick’s dad just walks off and leaves him in the store. Nick seems like he’s between the ages of 7-10, so in my opinion, not old enough to be wondering around a department store filled with people at that age and I really don’t want my children thinking they can do that. 2) When Nick hears the story about St. Nicholas, it’s being told that God is the reason for St. Nicholas. I have a huge problem with this. I don’t want my children thinking that God created gift giving for Christmas. That’s is not what the true meaning is. Overall, it’s a cute story, but if you are looking for books for your next holiday season about the true meaning of Christmas, I would have to suggest staying away from this one. Take a peak and decide it’s right for your family.

{Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.} (Posted on 1/21/2015)
Review by Jalynn
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The Legend of St. Nicholas, is a delightful children's book about the joy of Christmas giving. As other books in this series, this book is telling of the actual legend of the big guy as well as a story about this young boy, Nick. Nick has trouble with the whole idea of giving without expecting anything in return. Trouble, that is until he overhears a story being told about Saint Nicholas. After hearing this story, it changes Nick's heart and provides him with a giving heart for others just like that of Saint Nicholas.

Christmas is a good time to remind us of others that don't have the things that we do and showing them love at this time of the year is a very rewarding notion that springs forth many benefits. We should do this year around but not everyone sees it that way. But as long as they remember at least once a year, not all is lost. A beautiful written book with gorgeous illustrations!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the Z Blog Squad. (Posted on 12/18/2014)
Review by Erica ~ A Disabled Mom's Life
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The Legend of St. Nicholas is a hardcover book with a dust jacket (the snow on the dust jacket is embellished with glitter), and is written with the 4-8 age group in mind. The illustrations in The Legend of St. Nicholas are big, colorful, and beautiful to look at. I haven't a lot of stories about St. Nick but have been told verbally about him. It tells how he inherits a large sum of money after his parents died and his decision to help others with it but not telling them who it was. It is a book that you read to your children to tell them that Christmas is all about them but to help to others less fortunate.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, for an honest review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own. (Posted on 12/16/2014)
Review by InkBlotsbyTRD.blogspot.com
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The Legend of St. Nicholas (A Story of Christmas Giving) is another book in a long line of "The Legend of..." books by Zondervan/Zonderkidz. The Legend of St. Nicholas is written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. Dandi Daley Mackall has authored over 450 books and Richard Cowdrey has illustrated a large number of books, the Marley series being the most popular.

The Legend of St. Nicholas is a hardcover book with a dust jacket (the snow on the dust jacket is embellished with glitter), and is written with the 4-8 age group in mind. The illustrations in The Legend of St. Nicholas are big, colorful, and beautiful to look at.

Like other "The Legend of..." books that I have read, The Legend of St. Nicholas is a story within a story. This story follows a boy (Nick) who is more interested in getting than giving during the Christmas season. Nick is out Christmas shopping with his dad when he hears a "store Santa" telling the story of Saint Nicholas. Through the story of Saint Nicholas, the boy (Nick) learns about the joy of giving.

I think The Legend of St. Nicholas had some wonderful morals, but overall, I think the most important ideas in the story got overshadowed by something less important. I loved the idea in the story that if people receive anonymous gifts, since they don't know who to thank - they thank God. I also loved the ideas of helping others in need and the idea that God has given us the greatest gift of all - Jesus. I wish those ideas had been emphasized more, but the moral that gets more attention in this story is "giving gifts to others is fun". While some children (and adults) love giving gifts, not all do, and I think it may be misleading and even possibly discouraging to some to say that giving gifts is a joy. Even if everyone does love giving gifts, that still keeps the focus on one's self, rather than focusing on others and the true joy of the season.

If you are looking for a Christmas story that focuses on Jesus, this is not it. Although Jesus is mentioned, the focus of The Legend of St. Nicholas is the story of Saint Nicholas.

What I love about The Legend of St. Nicholas is that the story is focused on a child (young "Saint Nicholas") who sees the needs in other, less fortunate children...and acts on it. I think this is a great example for children.

FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews. (Posted on 12/9/2014)
Review by Praising Mom
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As a christian parent it is so easy to get caught up in the worlds view of Christmas. Every where you look is Santa Claus. I have always enjoyed the history behind St. Nick and this story not only captures the true meaning of Christmas it also inspires kids to take a look around and fill a need rather then receiving.

My seven and three year old loved hearing the history behind a boy named Nick and how he made a difference with the money he had. Since we do not do Santa in our house this helped them understand how Santa was created but them helped them focus on Jesus- the TRUE reason for Christmas.

I encourage all parents to read this book but when you finish sit down and talk about how you can reach people in your community. Do you kids really need a million things under the tree or can you use some of that money to pay for a homeless child to be off the streets for a month? Can you help stock your local food pantry? Can you organize your own coat drive? (Posted on 11/26/2014)
Review by Sally
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I am so impressed with this hard-cover beautifully written and illustrated book about the joy of giving for Christmas.

It begins with Nick waiting to the last minute to shop for his siblings and he didn’t want to spend all his money on gifts for others. He was hoping to have enough money left to buy something for himself until…he heard the mall Santa tell the story of Nicholas, a child of privilege. When his parents died he inherited their wealth and found joy in helping those less fortunate. It became his life mission to celebrate Christmas honoring God by giving to others.

This is the most impressive book I have read explaining the joy of sharing with others. It is a great book to help your children understand this is what God wants them to do. This could also be used as a teaching tool.

I would highly recommend this book for children age 4-8.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, for an honest review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
(Posted on 11/22/2014)
Review by Cynthia
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I'm starting to plan what sort of holiday celebrations I want for my child and what messages of that season are important to teach.

The lessons of the story of St Nicholas are consistent with the life lessons and morals I wish to instill in my child. This particular portrayal of the story sets the story down in a way that is accessible for young children and also enjoyable for adults to read. I can easily see this becoming our Christmas Eve tradition before bedtime with hot cocoa. It's an easy to understand telling of the story of a man living a life of altruism.

When the book first arrived, what most struck me is the beauty of the illustrations. The story is told through the drawings as much as the words on each page. The dust jacket of the book is so pretty I can see this book staying on my coffee table through each holiday season. (Posted on 10/25/2014)
Review by Laura
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Title: THE LEGEND OF ST. NICHOLAS
Author: Dandi Daley Mackall
Illustrator: Richard Cowdrey
Publisher: Zonderkidz
September 2014
ISBN: 978-0310731153
Genre: Christmas / children age 4 – 8

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.

THE LEGEND OF ST. NICHOLAS is a soft-look at the real meaning of Christmas. It centers around Santa Claus and a young boy named Nick who wants to buy things for himself and not for his family for Christmas. Santa tells a story to a bunch of children including the story of Jesus and the story of the real St. Nicholas and it inspires Nick to do the right thing.

My two daughters enjoyed this story and highly recommend it. A perfect gift for your favorite child or grandchild for this upcoming holiday season. (Posted on 10/25/2014)
Review by The IE Mommy
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For every Christian parent who has struggled with teaching their kids the true meaning of Christmas and how Santa works into the picture, this is the book for you!

My kids are five and six and starting to ask WAY too many questions! Last year the questions of Santa began. I always said I wouldn't tell them about Santa but then I got caught up in the magic. Santa is after all, magical! But he isn't what the season is really about. Finding the balance between the magic and the reality can be a challenge.

The Legend of St. Nicholas just easily and beautifully wrapped it all up for me in one perfect package! It might as well have had a bow on it, so wonderful was the answer! Mackall masterfully blends the Christmas story of Jesus's birth with the legend of the real St. Nicholas in a way that it all just makes sense. Some Christians are offended by Santa and I have heard "Santa never died for anyone." But as a parent of three children, I do love the magic of Santa.

St. Nicholas was a real man and his spirit of giving and generosity is something that should be taught and honored. However, people just get caught up in the getting and forget about the giving. This book is a great reminder of that and who St. Nick really was.

I loved the ending and how the little boy wanted to become more generous because that made MY kids want to do for others! My daughter immediately turned to me and said she wanted to use all her money to buy gifts for her friends! Now "all her money" doesn't amount to anything but it's definitely the thought that counts and the lesson learned.

There is no reason Christmas has to be about Jesus OR Santa. The Legend of St. Nicholas beautifully weaves the two together in a way that makes sense, honors Jesus and reminds us of the man that St. Nicholas really was. What a beautiful gift to give this Christmas! (Posted on 10/5/2014)

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