Monday Children’s Book Reviews for December 22, 2014

Some classic Christmas books:

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

“Della and Jim love each other very much but have no money for getting Christmas gifts for one another. But when Della decides to make a great sacrifice that will give her enough money to buy the present Jim deserves, she soon discovers that that her selfless act may have been for naught. This is a new, richly illustrated interpretation of the well-loved, poignant short story by O. Henry.”                     [J HENRY, O]

The Nutcracker illustrated by Alison Jay

“Based on the Balanchine ballet, this sumptuous package is the perfect gift for any fan of The Nutcracker – young or old. The nicely balanced text (not too much, not too little) captures all the best moments and sets the stage for Alison Jay’s richly imagined art. Sharp-eyed readers will notice tiny details playing out thrillingly over the course of the story (keep an eye on the gifts under the Christmas tree!). From the cozy Christmas party to the delectable Marzipan Palace, Alison Jay’s artwork is truly enchanting – a snow-globe version of The Nutcracker to read every night before Christmas and all winter long.”       [JPB JAY]

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; illustrated by Brett Helquist; abridged by Josh Greenhut

“In this luminous picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge leaps off the page to warm the soul of one and all. Be swept away in an unforgettable Christmas Eve, from Scrooge’s first “Bah, humbug!” to the arrival of the Ghost of Christmas Past; from the courage of Tiny Tim to the glory of Christmas morning. Brett Helquist’s art bursts with spirit, humor, and an irresistible attention to detail. Here is a treasure for the whole family to share, year after year. A merry Christmas, everyone!”     [JPB DICKENS, C]

Twas the Day before Christmas: the Story of Clement Clarke Moore’s Beloved Poem by Brenda Seabrooke; illustrated by Delana Bettoli

“On Christmas Eve day, 1822, Clement Clarke Moore struggled to write a surprise for his children. While traveling to lower Manhattan from his farm, Chelsea, many thoughts ran through his head. What would his children enjoy more, a poem or a story? The final result has become a beloved classic of the holiday season, The Night Before Christmas.”            [JPB SEABROOKE,B]

The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers

“New York Times bestselling artist Susan Jeffers has created a Nutcracker unlike any that has gone before, with a lovely spare text based on the ballet.

“This is the perfect gift to share with children before they see The Nutcracker. Everyone who has seen the ballet will cherish it—as will anyone who enjoys stories where love triumphs.

“Come, take a front-row seat. The world’s most beloved holiday fairy tale is about to begin.”    [JPB JEFFERS,S]

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, illustrated by P. J. Lynch

“The story of Ebenezer Scrooge opens on a Christmas Eve as cold as Scrooge’s own heart. That night, he receives three ghostly visitors: the terrifying spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Each takes him on a heart-stopping journey, yielding glimpses of Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit, the horrifying spectres of Want and Ignorance, even Scrooge’s painfully hopeful younger self. Will Scrooge’s heart be opened? Can he reverse the miserable future he is forced to see? Now in an unabridged edition gloriously illustrated by the award-winning P.J. Lynch, this story’s message of love and goodwill, mercy and self-redemption resonates as keenly as ever.”          [J DICKENS]

A Little House Christmas Treasury: Festive Holiday Stories by Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams

“A collection of stories which describe the experiences of a pioneer girl and her family as they celebrate various Christmases in the Big Woods in Wisconsin, on the prairie in Indian Territory, and on the banks of Plum Creek.”              [J WILDER,L]

The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown; pictures by Jim LaMarche

“They put golden tinsel on his branches

And golden bells
And green icicles
And silver stars
And red and green and blue and purple chains of shining Christmas balls.

“All alone in an empty field grew a little fir tree. It dreamed of being part of a forest-or part of anything at all. Then one winter day, a man takes the little fir tree away and it finds itself at the center of a little boy’s very special celebration.

“This treasured story by the legendary Margaret Wise Brown has been newly illustrated by award-winning artist Jim LaMarche. Warm, glowing paintings complement the gentle text to capture the true heart of Christmas.”             [JPB BROWN,M]

The Littlest Angel by written by Charles Tazewell; illustrated by Guy Porfirio

“An earth-sick little angel, newly arrived in the celestial kingdom, finds his recent transition from boy to cherub a difficult one, in a new edition of a classic story.”   [J TAZEWELL,C]

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, read by Jim Dale

“Bah Humbug!” That’s how Ebeneezer Scrooge feels about Christmas–until the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future decide to show the crotchety old miser the error of his ways. Together they travel through time, revisiting all the people who have played an important role in Scrooge’s life. And as their journey concludes, Scrooge is reminded of what it means to have love in his heart, and what the true spirit of Christmas is all about. A timeless story the whole family will enjoy!       [CDB J DICKENS,C]

The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter

“When the tailor becomes sick and cannot finish the waistcoat for the Mayor, the mice finish it for him.”                             [JPB POTTER,B]

Kay Thompson’s Eloise at Christmastime

“Here she is at Christmastime
Complete with tinsel and holly
Singing fa la la la lolly, And over the roar of the jingle bells
You can hear hear hear her say, It’s absolutely Christmas
But I don’t mind a bit, I give everyone a present
For that’s the thing of it, So when it’s everly Christmastime
And you’re under your Christmas trees, Simply tinkle a bell and have a trinkle
And remember
Eloise”                                                                    [J THOMPSON,K]

A Newbery Christmas: Fourteen Stories of Christmas by Newbery Award Winning Authors

“A collection of stories about Christmas, by Newbery Award-winning authors such as Eleanor Estes, E.L. Konigsburg, Madeleine L’Engle, and Katherine Paterson”                              [J NEWBERY]

The Bells of Christmas by Virginia Hamilton

“In 1890, in Springfield, Ohio, Jason Bell awaits the arrival of Christmas and his Uncle Levi Bell and muses on the manner in which people will celebrate the holiday one hundred years from then.  Set against the carefully researched background life of a middle-class black family in Ohio a century ago, ‘Hamilton’s story moves along at an elegant pace, giving readers time to savor the holiday preparations.'”                       [J HAMILTON]

Uncle Vova’s Tree by Patricia Polacco

“Grandparents, aunts and uncles, and children gather at a farm house to celebrate Christmas in the Russian tradition. Based on Polacco’s childhood memories, this is the story of her Great-uncle Vladimir, known as Vova, and his colorful and inventive celebrations of the Russian Orthodox holiday of Epiphany. Polacco’s art warmly depicts the vibrant costumes and decorations from her family’s homeland, and the text conveys the magical feeling of a child’s wonder and joy during the holidays.”   [JPB POLACCO]

So many memories, so many wonderful stories. Enjoy, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!




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