NEW YORK and NORTH POLE, Dec. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly a century ago an accomplished magazine and newspaper reporter, Sarah Addington, wrote a special story for the popular magazine, The Ladies' Home Journal. It revealed the backstory of how Santa Claus came to be. It was published as a book in 1922 but the classic eventually disappeared.
Now for the first time in years, a new generation will get to appreciate the creative and insightful tale as Pamela McColl's Grafton & Scratch Publishers has re-released this charming book, The Boy Who Lived In Pudding Lane.
"Families and children will really love the words and illustrations in this beautiful book," says McColl. "The message is timeless, meaningful, and inspiring."
Indeed, she knows about holiday classics. Five years ago she published a unique version of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas. She released it with a few edits to the words and pictures, removing references to Santa smoking a pipe. The controversial smoke-free Santa was embraced by many and received national media coverage on The View, The Colbert Show, The Today Show and Live with Kelly and Michael.
Just why historians have, in all epic accounts, ignored probably the greatest international figure that ever existed, is a mystery to the author, for whom the antecedents, early life, and young manhood of Santa Claus have always been immensely fascinating. Nevertheless, the life of this great man has never been written.
The original illustrations by Gertrude A. Kay have been restored and enlivened for the delight of children of all ages by award-winning designer Elisa Gutierez.
We come to discover:
- Santa's tradition of giving toys to children on Christmas Eve began when Santa was just a boy.
- Santa, the son of a poor baker, used to give away the sweet cookies from his father's shop.
- His wife helped him make toys and candy "until she said she thought she'd turn in to candy."
- Santa was always roly-poly, even as a boy.
"Addington wrote The Boy Who Lived in Pudding Lane to satisfy her curiosity, for she had to know where Santa Claus lived as a young boy and what his family was like, and how Santa got started in the enchanting pastime of toy-making and gift-giving," says McColl. Thanks to Grafton & Scratch Publishers, this charming 1922 edition is now back in print for new generations to enjoy.
SOURCE Grafton & Scratch Publishers