In , the new artwork, created by 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.
This book is excellent for children of all ages, because while it encorporates the traditional Santa Claus or St. Nicholas, it also teaches children, or reminds them, of the importance of Jesus in Christmas. This book opened up a lot of conversation between my older son and I (he is 7.) My younger son is not yet two, so he is not old enough to ask questions but it is pretty obvious he loved the books and especially loved the colorful pictures in it! It is one book that inspires me and I hope it inspires my boys as well!