Tuesday, December 9, 2014

REVIEW: A Christmas Treasury

A Christmas Treasury
Dover Publications

Genre: Holiday, Christmas, Paper Ephemera
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 6.25.2014
Pages: 96

Recommended by: NetGalley, Read 2 Review
Date read: 12.6.2014

Summary: This lovely holiday anthology features seasonal classics from the turn of the twentieth century.  Recounted in verse, the tales feature quaint color illustrations by popular children's artists of the era such as Margaret Evans Price, W.F. Setter, Raphael Tuck, and others.  Heartwarming tales include:

The Nightmare Before Christmas, Clement C. Moore's timeless poem about a visit from St. Nicholas; Father Christmas, a celebration of plum pudding, Jack Frost, snowmen, and other holiday delights; How Santa Filled the Christmas Stockings, in which a little boy discovers the pitfalls of greed; A Visit to Santa Claus, the story of Teddy's trip in his glider to Santa's workshop; Polar Bear at the Zoo, in which Teddy and his flying machine return to the North Pole with a polar bear; and Christmas ABC, charming verse couplets that spell out Yuletide treats.


I really like the way this was done and the kids really got into the old-fashioned pictures.  Basically, this is a set of popular Christmas stories told mainly through pictures that look like old-fashioned postcards.  The last two stories - Polar Bear at the Zoo and Christmas ABC - are actual stories, where the other ones have very few words.  The pictures were beautiful and kept their attention - and without a lot of words, it gave them the chance to tell their own stories using the pictures, something that they really enjoy doing.  

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