From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4-A picture-book adaptation of a classic holiday story that retains most of the major elements of the original, including Gram's misunderstood illness, the feigned bear attack, and the sisters' culinary foibles. While the adaptor's changes seem aimed at making the story more accessible to contemporary readers, this pared-down version unfortunately lacks the spirit of Alcott's creation. Dialogue has been edited to make it simpler and more straightforward, but much of the poetry and language of the time has been lost. Also missing are the subtle but realistic details and descriptions that create the sense of the era. Sprightly line-and-wash illustrations complement the theme of good humor and family love. The full-page spreads are framed in country patterned borders, which add to the feeling of nostalgic storytelling. Like the text, the illustrations are adequate, but lack richness and character. Michael McCurdy's version (Holiday, 1989) has more of the flavor of the original story, but offers less visual appeal to young children. A serviceable addition.
Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Wholesome, timely story. --Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Bernardin's energetic paintings convey the warmth and love of a shared holiday event. --Publishers Weekly
A simple, old-fashioned look at family togetherness during the holiday. --School Library Journal