Sint Nikolaas Approaches

ilBook Illustration

G. Theod. Bom
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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.