- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (September 24, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763666955
- ISBN-13: 978-0763666958
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.4 x 6.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 118 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,046,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Child's Christmas in Wales Hardcover – September 24, 2013
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Grade 3 Up–Raschka's illustrations will surely enhance children's enjoyment of this nostalgic, bittersweet memoir. Executed in ink, torn paper, and gouache on sensuously textured paper, they are full of tiny details that beg for closer inspection. Some libraries may still have copies illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg (New Directions, 1997), Edward Ardizzone (Godine, 1980), or Trina Schart Hyman (Holiday, 1985). Of these earlier editions, Hyman's probably succeeds best at capturing the story's time and place. Raschka, however, finds the universal elements that a contemporary child can relate to–the eccentric aunts, the joy of pretending to smoke candy cigarettes, the classification of gifts into "Useful Presents" and "Useless Presents." This is a handsome book that most libraries will want.–V. W.
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Top customer reviews
Amazon, please stop lumping reviews for different products together. Really, with all the advanced technology available I would think that one very helpful thing would be possible.
I am giving five stars to the hardcover 48-page Candlewick Press edition of 2013, illustrated by Chris Raschka. This is one of my all-time favorite stories to read at Christmas. In fact, I believe that no Christmas should go by without a read-aloud of this book, even if it is to one's self. Anyone who loves the music of spoken words and poetic imagery will love doing this.
As for the Raschka illustrations, they are growing on me. I'm not fond of some of the colors he used, but there is a liveliness and motion to the drawings that complement Thomas' s story and style.
I also like the compact size and shape of this book - a 6" X 8.5" oblong.
So do ignore the misplaced reviews- this is a charming edition.
This is a small, nicely printed soft-bound volume, which stores with the now CD version of the original reading in the Christmas box until next year.
This book is charming, witty, and has withstood the test of time. The telling is as loving and comfortable today as it was in the bygone days when Dylan Thomas laid pen to paper and created this wonderful Christmas Tale.
A treat, when Thomas describes a Useless Present: "a celluloid duck that made, when you pressed it, a most unducklike sound, a mewing moo that an ambitious cat might make who wished to be a cow..." I've known cats like this, black & white cow-cats, who poke around, eating grass, and moo-mewing.
The poetry of the narrative will pull you in: "All the Christmases roll down toward the two-tongued sea, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street; and they stop at the rim of the ice-edged, fish-freezing waves, and I plunge my hand in the snow and bring out whatever I can find. In goes my hand into that wool-white bell-tongued ball of holidays resting on the rim of the carol-singing sea . . ."
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