St. Nikolaas op Strooi-avond
St Nicholas tosses treats on St Nicolas Eve

Book Illustration

G. Theod. Bom
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
circa 1850
3 1/2 × 5 3/4 inches
Illustration from the first edition of Sint Nikolaas en Zijn Knecht by Jan Schenkman

This new picture book by Jan Schenkman shaped and standardized modern Dutch Sinterklaas customs. It began the shift to making Sinterklaas a fixture in schools, reinforcing learning and good behavior. The Dutch customs of Sint Nicolaas coming on a steamboat from Spain with a Moorish assistant originated with this book.