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Christmas Oranges Hardcover – October 1, 2002
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This illustrated gift book for all ages tells the classic story of the "Christmas Oranges," in which a young orphan girl named Rose discovers the spirit of generosity that lies at the heart of the holiday. When Rose is eight years old, an epidemic forces the closing of her beloved Greenwoods Orphanage, and she is shipped to Irongates, an austere, loveless institution run with Dickensian cruelty. Headmaster Crampton punishes Rose severely for a tiny infraction, decreeing that she miss the special treat of an orange on Christmas morning. How the other children circumvent his instructions to safeguard a glorious Christmas for Rose is the sweet message of this story, which is beautifully illustrated by Ben Sowards.
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The children in the book deal bravely and patiently with adversity. I love how this book encourages unselfishness, kindness, sharing, and true love. It's ultimate message is that the most special, memorable Christmas is one where you give a gift of the heart. Additionally, my kids have enjoyed this book at other times of the year as well. It's a beautiful book, the kind that makes any story time special.
Many people have the mistaken idea that kids only want to read about "happy go lucky", "Sunday School Picnic", "Happy all the time", and "Fun" type stories. It has been my experience that our children are touched by hearing about and reading about the hardships of others. Our children need to develop more empathy and concern for others. Linda Bethers tells a beautiful, but sad story in many aspects - a story about life in an orphanage around Christmas in the late 1800's or early 1900's. The story is written in the Victorian tradition of stories about children that bring a tear to your eye.
Rose, an orphan, who was dropped off as a new born baby at the GreenWoods Orphanage, didn't have much, but did have the love and belonging of thirty other children and kind Mrs. Hartley. A tremendous flu epidemic breaks out and makes many ill including the children at GeenWoods Orphanage. Many people die, including some of the orphans at GreenWoods. Kindly Mrs. Hartley cares for the ill children at the orphanage as if they were her very own. As a result of her constant unselfish concern, Mrs. Hartley, too, slipped quietly from this life. Because there was no one who could take over the orphanage, the children were shipped to various other orphanages. Rose found herself in a completely different world. Where there was love, warm blankets, rugged floors and kindness, Rose now found starkness, coldness, bare floors, sterness, meaness, darkness and loneliness at the Irongates Orphanage. Mr. Crampton was a very stern and mean person who ran the orphanage. He believed that any breaking of the very strict rules should result in immediate harsh punishment without any exceptions for any reasons. The children didn't have very much in material things or in those more important things like kindness, happiness, love and support. Life at Irongates Orphanage was monotonous, hard and depressing. Children were required to do difficult chores and go to bed right after dinner. They were not allowed to speak or even whisper during the day or they would be severely punished. Christmas was approaching and all around them, the orphans could see others having joy, fun and happiness preparing for the festivities of the Christmas season, but not at Irongates. Here things were just as dark and gloomy as they had ever been.
Mr. Crampton did not believe in Christmas or in Christmas trees. He believed those things just excite the children. However the townspeople would not allow Mr. Crampton to forget about Christmas. Mr. Crampton did allow a Christmas tree to be put up on Christmas Eve after the children retreated to bed. However, the tree only stayed up for one day. That one day of the Christmas tree's existence brought some joy to the orphans of Irongates, at least in a small way. One of the small but most exciting events that brought some joy to the orphans was the crate of sweet juicy oranges that was delivered to the orhanage each year by a kindly old gentlemen. The other orphans told Rose how wonderful the oranges were. Rose had never seen, smelled or tasted an orange before and she was filled with excitement. As a matter of fact, Rose could not fall asleep on Christmas Eve thinking about the tree and marvelous oranges. In order to save money, Mr. Crampton used the oranges to decorate the Christmas tree instead of glass balls. During the night of Christmas Eve Rose tiptoed downstairs to gaze at the candle lit tree decorated with beautiful oranges. After awhile she tiptoed back to bed. What she didn't realize was that Mr. Crampton was watching her. On Christmas morning, Mr. Crampton embarrassed her front of all the children saying that she had broken the rules about wandering around at night and would have to pay the consequences. She was required to be all alone on Christmas, she had to work all day cleaning and scrubbing the rooms and she would not receive one of those beautiful sweet juicy oranges that she so longed for. All the other children were extremely sad about Rose not receiving an orange that they could hardly enjoy their oranges. Then a wonderful idea came to them. You will want to read this book to fine out how a beautiful simple act of kindness and sharing made a lonely depressed girl happy on Christmas night.
This book will will definitely teach children how to appreciate other's hardships and develop empathy to those less fortunate. It will also inspire the reader to not only have empathy but to also do something about it.