Aunt Olga's Christmas Postcards

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Anna?s great-aunt Olga has collected Christmas postcards all her life. She?s ninety-five, and many of the cards are very old. The holidays are the perfect time for Aunt Olga to share her postcards and her memories with her favorite niece. Decked out in red, Aunt Olga is ready for fun as she teaches Anna how to write her very own Christmas rhymes. Written with warmth and humor, this lovely story is a perfect starting point for discussions of the ?olden days?, as well as a charming introduction to the joys of ...
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Anna’s great-aunt Olga has collected Christmas postcards all her life. She’s ninety-five, and many of the cards are very old. The holidays are the perfect time for Aunt Olga to share her postcards and her memories with her favorite niece. Decked out in red, Aunt Olga is ready for fun as she teaches Anna how to write her very own Christmas rhymes. Written with warmth and humor, this lovely story is a perfect starting point for discussions of the “olden days”, as well as a charming introduction to the joys of collecting.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Young Anna finds that nothing goes better with tea and gingerbread cookies than nonagenarian Aunt Olga's tales of being a poet-and professional postcard-greeting writer-long ago. Readers may well agree as they peruse the stellar collection of vintage holiday postcards and spirited verses that decorate these pages. Though Major's (The House of Wooden Santas) story meanders too much, the nostalgic tone and sweet intergenerational theme will win fans. Roberts's breezy pen-and-ink and watercolor-wash spot art makes an attractive contrast to the antique images. Ages 4-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
During Anna's annual Christmastime visit to eccentric Great-Great-Aunt Olga's house, the two share their love of gingerbread cookies, tea and Aunt Olga's collection of Christmas postcards. But this year Aunt Olga dishes out a few surprises for young Anna. The first surprise happens as they are sitting around the kitchen table, enjoying their refreshments and looking at the antique postcards. Anna begins reading the postcards aloud and notices that many contain not only a cheerful holiday message, but also a poem. Aunt Olga makes up a few poems for some of the cards that do not contain poems, and then before she knows what is happening, Anna is writing some pretty good poetry herself. The day continues with the two making up stories and writing poems to go along with the pictures on the cards. Then they hear Anna's father honking the horn of his car outside, signaling their time together has come to an end. The second surprise is that Aunt Olga gives Anna the box of her prized postcards. This heartwarming story of the special bond between a child and an aging relative—who turn out to be very much alike—is enhanced by caricature drawings of their activities and actual antique postcards from Kevin Major's own personal collection. 2005, Groundwood Books, Ages 5 to 9.
—Terri Hoover Dunham
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888995933
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 11/9/2005
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.94 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.17 (d)

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