A Child's Christmas in Wales

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For almost half a century, Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales has entranced both young and old and has become a familiar part of the holiday-season landscape. With lovely poetic lilt, this simple tale captures the child's eye-view and an adult's warm remembrance of the time of presents, good things to eat, and, in the best of circumstances, newly-fallen snow.

A Welsh poet recalls the celebration of Christmas in Wales and the...

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Overview

For almost half a century, Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales has entranced both young and old and has become a familiar part of the holiday-season landscape. With lovely poetic lilt, this simple tale captures the child's eye-view and an adult's warm remembrance of the time of presents, good things to eat, and, in the best of circumstances, newly-fallen snow.

A Welsh poet recalls the celebration of Christmas in Wales and the feelings it evoked in him as a child.

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Editorial Reviews

Harper's Magazine
The long, poetic, autobiographical A Child's Christmas in Wales is, to use a cliche in its exact sense, an unforgettable experience in the listening: surely this Christmas story ranks (in its spoken form, at least) among the great expressions of the language..
New York Times
There is so much music in his voice that it carries the listener along, enchanted by the sound of the words and the rich imagery.
Saturday Review
He reads his verse and his prose with such melodious power, with such subtly and ardently projected rhythms, that ones feels that, good as it is, his poetry on the printed page is dull in comparison.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823405657
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1985
  • Series: Miniature Editions Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 608,299
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    2 out of 2 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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  • Posted September 13, 2014

    Truly awful illustrations. I'm taking this back. The story is ly

    Truly awful illustrations. I'm taking this back. The story is lyrical, but is ruined by the pictures.

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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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