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The Story of Holly and Ivy Hardcover – September 14, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (September 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670062197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670062195
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A beautiful story of wishing: of a little girl who wants a doll and a grandmother; of a doll that yearns for a child's arms around it; and of a lonely policeman's wife who wants a child in her home. Ages 5-10.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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-A must-have for every library.+ -Children+s Literature

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What beautiful illustrations and such a sweet story.
Maren McLaren
This hardbound book is one of the timeless Christmas treasures that everyone should have in their collection.
K in Texas
Although I'm 64 years old, I read this book every year and each time, I love it even more!
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By R. Tiedemann on July 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Holly is a doll who wants a little girl for Christmas -- it is her fondest wish. Ivy is a little girl who wishes for a grandmother for Christmas. Everyone has left St. Agnes's Orphanage for the holidays and she is lonely, so she decides to find her mythical grandmother. Mrs. Jones feels that Christmas needs children. "Couldn't we have a little girl?" she asks. But Mr. Jones thinks she's daft. Add a sympathetic boy and a villainous toy owl and you have a page-turner.
Rumor Godden is the author of many fine and classic books for adults like THIS HOUSE OF BREDE and THE GREENGAGE SUMMER. Her rich and sumptuous writing guides stories full of delightful characters and, in the case of HOLLY AND IVY, little twists to the tale to surprise the reader.
If you're shy about reading "kiddie lit" for fun because you're an adult, find a child to read this to. And no matter what age -- teens will love the whimsy in the story as much as smaller children.
The illustrator is Barbara Cooney, a Caldecott Medal winner who has illustrated over a hundred books. She has captured the characters, setting and holiday appeal of the story in colorful pictures on every page.
Don't wait for Christmas! This is a story -- and a book -- for all seasons.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mark Borchers on October 12, 2000
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This is a perfect book for reading aloud to a grade school child...but my junior high school daughter still loves it as well. It is a charmingly written tale of the twists of fate that unite orphan girl Ivy with the Christmas doll Holly in the nick of time. The genius of Rumer Godden is that she writes it in a way that the adult reading the story enjoys it fully as much as the child listening. Barbara Cooney's illustrations look exactly the way the story looks in one's imagination. When I first went looking for a hardcover version of this book it was very hard to find, so order this one now. Your kids will treasure it in their library.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Holly and Ivy was originally published in Ladies Home Journal in the 1950s. My mom clipped the story from the magazine, and read it to me and my sister every Christmas. The lonely little orphan girl Ivy and the doll Holly who wished so much to have a child for Christmas, really touched a chord with us. For me it started a life-long love for Rumer Godden, especially for her doll stories. To fully appreciate the story, you have to hear it read aloud.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on November 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Six-year-old Ivy has never known any other home than the children's orphanage that she has resided in with thirty other boys and girls, and the kindly old Miss Shepherd, since she was just an infant. However, she feels that there is a grandmother out there waiting for her, living in Appleton. As the other boys and girls leave the orphanage to spend the holidays with various wealthy families, Ivy is left behind, forced to stay with Miss Shepherd. But when Miss Shepherd reveals that she will be tending to her sick sister, and that Ivy will be spending the holidays at the Infants' Home in the country, Ivy puts her foot down. Boarding the train, she decides to get off at the Appleton stop where she discovers a marketplace filled with wondrous smells and sounds. However, when night falls, young Ivy has nowhere else to sleep than the bakers. Upon waking up, she trails along the streets, only to come face to face with the doll of her dreams, known as Holly. But it is Christmas Eve, and Holly is locked away in the toy shop. When Ivy comes in contact with a policeman named Mr. Jones, she thinks that her luck is making a turn for the worst. But when she leads him to a home, claiming that her grandmother lives there, things begin to look up. For the home actually belongs to Mr. Jones and his wife, Mrs. Jones. Mrs. Jones wants nothing more than a wonderful child to spend the holidays with her, and when Ivy appears, Mrs. Jones feels that this will be the most wonderful Christmas ever. If only she had the perfect gift for the perfect little girl who has thawed her heart...

THE STORY OF IVY & HOLLY is possibly one of the most touching children's tales I have read during the Christmas holidays.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The Story of Holly & Ivy is a book that was read to me by my grandmother every christmas for as long as I can remember. It is now a favorite of my children. An excellent addition to your Christmas book collection, Holly & Ivy is a book about believing in wishes and the magic of the holiday season.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Judith Miller VINE VOICE on March 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
THE STORY OF HOLLY AND IVY is the tale of Ivy a small orphan girl who creates a pretend grandmother and then really tries to find someone who can be that real person for her. She leaves the orphanage at Christmas and is hopeful that her dreams will come true. She also longs for a beautiful doll and sees one in the window of a toy store. The doll's name is Holly and she has also been wishing; however, her wishes are for a little girl who will love her.
This book has everything; a toy store filled with wonderful toys that have personalities of their own, including a somewhat sinister owl named Abracadabra. We also meet Mrs. Jones who is lonely for a child and decides to decorate her house for Christmas as if she was expecting a child to visit. Her husband is a policeman who finds Ivy and brings her home. The book is appropriate for children ages 5-10 and I think that most children would love the story.
This is a very colorful book with lovely illustrations by Barbara Cooney. The author is Rumer Godden who is one of my favorite writers. Over the last few years, I've been locating any of her books that I can find for my library, including her stories for children. I'm writing reviews in the hope that her beautiful stories will continue to be read.
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