Discover the story of Nicholas the Wandering Orphan who became Nicholas the Wood-carver. As a lonely little boy, Nicholas had a knack for carving playthings for children. Thrill as he overcomes setbacks in his desire to give a toy to every child in his village. Learn how he started to drive a beautiful sleigh drawn by reindeer, why he first came down a chimney, how he filled the first stocking, where the first Christmas tree was decorated, and finally how he came to be known as "Saint Nicholas" and "Santa Claus."
John Holzmann says, "My mother was given a copy of the first edition of this book when she was a little girl, only two or three years old. I don't know how often she read it to us, but I remember cherishing it throughout my growing up years. Somehow, of the six children in my family, I inherited it and read it to our children. It's definitely not a historically accurate story. (You can find the real story of the man who is known by the church as Saint Nicholas here.) But it is very realistic, heartwarming, and inspirational. It places Nicholas in a Baltic setting. Includes wonderful woodcut illustrations that appear to place him in an early 19th century time period. Its 16 short chapters make a great one-, two-, or three-chapter-a-day reading time in anticipation of Christmas."