- Age Range: 12 and up
- Paperback: 558 pages
- Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co; Revised, Subsequent edition (May 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802841651
- ISBN-13: 978-0802841650
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #797,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Gifts of the Child Christ: And Other Stories and Fairy Tales Paperback – May 1, 1996
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McDonald made his name as a writer through his fairy tales, and this title, originally published as a two-volume set in 1973, contains all his best stories plus illustrations.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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This version provides a good introduction to MacDonald's style of writing without having to follow his style of writing for a long work, which is helpful. I find his novels can get a little long-winded, but the short stories are quite good for me.
The physical characteristics of the book are good. After all, it's held up across 10 years of reading, sitting on the shelf, and being moved!
This isn't a volume you read once; it's a treasure trove to read throughout your life, and read to your children and grandchildren. Some standouts are "The Light Princess", "The Golden Key", Little Daylight", "The Wise Woman", and of course "The Gifts of the Child Christ", but they are all gems.
Thirty years later George MacDonald is still one of my favorite writers. Mr. MacDonald writes for the child and the adult who needs to be reminded of childlike wisdom!
During the author's lifetime, he and his publishers brought out a two-volume book titled "The Gifts of the Child Christ." For those who pay attention to such matters, this edition is DIFFERENT from what MacDonald published before his death in 1905. By comparison, the difference benefits the newer edition. I say this because I have looked at the two volume version that MacDonald directed. And the poor guy stuck some stinkers in there. The outstanding stinker -- thankfully, not in this edition -- had been written by MacDonald decades earlier, before he ever published a single full-length adult-audience novel; it was a drama, a play for the stage, and it really, truly, stank. MacDonald sneaked this thing in at the end of his Volume 2 of Gifts of the Child Christ. And the critics and reviewers, quite rightly, did not mince words about how bad it was. ("If I Had A Father" -- read at your own risk.)
What is more, Mr. Sadler has included short stories, fairy tales, and embedded excerpts of quality from other collections. So what is in this edition is either harmless, or genuinely great writing. Enjoy.