A Child's Christmas in Wales [NOOK Book]

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One Christmas was so much like the other, in those years
around the sea-town corner now, out of all sound except
the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a ...
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A Child's Christmas in Wales

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Overview

One Christmas was so much like the other, in those years
around the sea-town corner now, out of all sound except
the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment
before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed
for six days and six nights when I was twelve, or whether it
snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six.

All the Christmases roll down towards the two-tongued sea,
like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was
our street; and they stop at the rim of the ice-edged,
fish-freezing waves, and I plunge my hands in the snow and
bring out whatever I can find. In goes my hand into that
wool-white bell-tongued ball of holidays resting at the rim
of the carol-singing sea, and out come Mrs. Prothero and the
firemen.

It was on the afternoon of the day of Christmas Eve, and I
was in Mrs. Prothero's garden, waiting for cats, with her
son Jim. It was snowing. It was always snowing at Christmas.
December, in my memory, is white as Lapland, although there
were no reindeers. But there were cats. Patient, cold and
callous, our hands wrapped in socks, we waited to snowball
the cats. Sleek and long as jaguars and horrible-whiskered,
spitting and snarling, they would slide and sidle over the
white back-garden walls, and the lynx-eyed hunters, Jim and
I, fur-capped and moccasined trappers from Hudson Bay, off
Mumbles Road, would hurl our deadly snowballs at the green
of their eyes.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013769137
  • Publisher: WDS Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 279,974
  • File size: 14 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Living a CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES

    This lovely, sensitive interpretation of Dylan Thomas's poem is loyal to the original, but adds appropriate dialogue and a wonderland of touching pictures and characters. We have viewed it for the first time and are drawn into the film at every new frame. It seems just right for all ages and makes one quite nostalgic for the days of our youth and those special times with family and friends when small towns and simple acts meant love was every where around us. We recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2006

    A beautiful story, beautifully illustrated by Hyman

    'A Child's Christmas in Wales' is a timeless story, that seems to isolate a single Christmas in the life of a boy living in an ideal, and sadly, a forgotten age. Thomas perfectly evokes the child-like simplicity of the boy's perceptions with artful poetry, and captures the spirit of the boy's youthful dialogue amongst each other. Further, Trina Schart Hyman's illustrations in this edition integrate seamlessly with the mood of the words. Hyman's work far outstrips the illustrations in other editions of 'Christmas in Wales' that I've perused.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2006

    Pure poetry

    I have the 1985 book of A Child's Christmas in Wales and it, with its wonderful illustrations, is my favorite. Read it aloud as a gift to yourself during the Christmas season. Then, read it to a child or a grandchild or to anyone who will listen. Finally, buy at least ten copies and give to friends! Great Christmas gift.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    This is a very poor Nook adaptation. Very hard to read. 

    This is a very poor Nook adaptation. Very hard to read. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

    lovely and beautiful, a favorite Christmas tradition to read aloud to myself.

    My sister gave me this book and the video 'now on DVD' a few years ago. I love it more each year. It is the most wonderful account to read aloud and take you somewhere far away and glorious that you wish you could go...even for a few minutes.

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