Book Review: The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving by Dandi Daley Mackall and Richard Cowdrey

Immediately I enjoyed the title of this book as they used the word “legend” and subtitle “A Story of Christmas Giving.” LEGEND DEFINITION: a traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical but unauthenticated. Christmas is about giving, as Christ would eventually give His life to save mankind, but at the same the same time, this season of giving has been turned into a season of equal exchanges. Maybe I am going a little too deep into the title, but it’s true! We have turned something that should be about Christ and giving sacrificially, into a time where if we give something we expect to get something back.

“Most of us would rather think about getting gifts than giving them.”-The Legend of St. Nicholas

            The Legend of St. Nicholas is about a boy named “Nick, who is not too thrilled about being dragged along for last-minute Christmas shopping with his dad. Bu while his father’s off shopping, a mall Santa tells Nick the story of St. Nicholas … a man who delighted in giving unexpected presents to the less fortunate to honor God, who gave the word the greatest gift ever given,” eternal life through Jesus Christ.

The Legend of St. Nicholas gives a kid friendly version of the real St. Nicholas, with a small paragraph about the facts of St. Nicholas at the end of the book. I thought each page was drawn beautifully and important things stood out, which helped understand what the book was about. The only thing that I felt could be changed was the age it was written to. Four to eight years old is a good age group but this book would be good to the age of 12. It would be a great book to lead right into the gospel message, especially around Christmas season. It took me about 10 minutes to read to myself.

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