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Joy to the World: A Family Christmas Treasury Hardcover – October 1, 2000

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Christmastime is filled with special traditions, both secular and sacred. In Joy to the World, editor Ann Keay Beneduce compiles a host of holiday customs, beliefs, and folklore. Each chapter introduces the history and symbolism behind a familiar Christmas symbol--the star, the manger, the gift givers, the tree--followed by biblical passages, carols, stories, poems, and plays, by such distinguished and diverse authors as Truman Capote, Beatrix Potter, E.E. Cummings, Hans Christian Andersen, and of course Charles Dickens. Find such haunting classics as "The Gift of the Magi" mingling with the poignant "Tailor of Gloucester," and nestled between everyone's favorite traditional Christmas carols: "Away in a Manger," "O Christmas Tree," and "Silent Night." A final section focuses on Christmas celebrations around the world. Whether Christmas is a solemn occasion or a gala festivity in your family, there's something for everyone in this golden treasury. And without a doubt, award-winning artist Gennady Spirin's exquisite old-fashioned watercolors will bring joy to everyone's world. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter

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Gr. 4-6, younger for reading aloud. Beneduce offers a fine selection of traditional Christmas stories, carols, and poems in this handsome volume, which is accessible to a wide age range. Although some of the selections, such as O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi," and Hans Christian Andersen's "The Fir Tree," are abridged, and others are excerpted from longer works, such as Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and Barbara Robinson's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, most of the readings appear in full. Spirin's graceful paintings, with their gold tones and look of bygone days, create a richly detailed and dignified setting for the writing. A lovely Christmas gift book that libraries may want to bolster their collections. Stephanie Zvirin
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; First Edition edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689821131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689821134
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.7 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,769,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is no better family Christmas gift. A terrific combination of Christmas tradition, both religious and otherwise. The illustrations are FANTASTIC and you can almost imagine seeing some of these paintings in the worlds' best museums!
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By Neem on December 31, 2014
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Very nice gift for Christmas for a friend with family. Informative on many levels and so beautifully illustrated.
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