Christmas Remembered

Christmas Remembered

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by Tomie dePaola
     
 

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Tomie dePaola shares his love for Christmas in fifteen vivid memories, spanning six decades. Wherever he lived - as a teenager in Connecticut, an art student in Brooklyn, a novice monk in Vermont, or an artist in New Hampshire - Tomie's enthusiasm for the holiday reflects the original style in which he has always celebrated Christmas.

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Tomie dePaola shares his love for Christmas in fifteen vivid memories, spanning six decades. Wherever he lived - as a teenager in Connecticut, an art student in Brooklyn, a novice monk in Vermont, or an artist in New Hampshire - Tomie's enthusiasm for the holiday reflects the original style in which he has always celebrated Christmas.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
DePaola (26 Fairmount Avenue) waxes nostalgic in slightly new territory here-a series of autobiographical vignettes of Christmases past aimed at an audience beyond children. From his earliest childhood memories of his family's faux fireplace purchased "so Santa could visit," to presents at age 11 that validated his aspirations to be an artist, to holidays as an adult spent with fellow artists and friends in San Francisco and Santa Fe, this volume chronicles its creator's lifelong fondness for celebrating December 25th. DePaola alternates his signature gouache style with mixed-media and collage pieces, giving the work a pleasant "scrapbook" effect. All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Karen Leggett
There was Christmas with the paper fireplace; Christmas with the first black and white television in the neighborhood (which the whole neighborhood came to watch); Christmas in a priory when Tomie dePaola thought he would become a monk; and Christmases in San Francisco, Santa Fe, Vermont, New York City and New Hampshire. This is a wonderful collection of memories, written almost like a journal and illustrated with dePaola's characteristic bright colors and rounded shapes—plus one surprising collage. His first book written for all ages, dePaola warns that readers are free to omit the drinking spots—and there are many! The stories span dePaola's life, so they become cultural and historical snapshots of Christmas during World War II, making candy-canes by hand, creating paper roses when there was no money for ornaments, filling a San Francisco apartment with tiny Christmas trees and being mesmerized by Las Posadas in Santa Fe. This is a fun collection of warm, personal essays from a beloved artist who takes joy in making a special holiday even more special.
School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up-The beloved children's author/illustrator shares Christmas reminiscences, beginning in 1937, when he was three, and continuing through his adult years. Youngsters familiar with dePaola's autobiographical books, such as 26 Fairmount Avenue (Putnam, 1999), will recognize some of the family members and settings in the childhood anecdotes. However, the most compelling narratives are the memories of the author's adult years as a monk in a Vermont priory, a Brooklyn art student, a young man in San Francisco, and a visitor in Santa Fe. Their child appeal is limited, but adults will enjoy these glimpses into the personal life of a creative member of the children's literature community. The border decorations and occasional paintings capture the color and nostalgia of Christmas past and present.-Virginia Walter, University of California, Los Angeles Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
DePaola offers a montage of Christmas memories from his earliest days as a toddler in a high chair, captured in home movies, right up to his current celebrations in his home in New Hampshire. He includes memories of family parties in his childhood home on Fairmount Avenue, helping out in a candy shop and a special Christmas when he received a full complement of art supplies to nurture his budding talent. Each stage of his life is captured with glimpses of his Christmas celebrations: singing in high school concerts, shopping as an art student in New York City and preparing for the holiday as a young novice at a Benedictine monastery in Vermont. Other chapters describe his time as a grad student in San Francisco, a visit to Santa Fe and a Christmas in New York as an adult. Full-page illustrations of holiday subjects in dePaola's distinctive style alternate with spot illustrations of Christmas scenes, with a polka-dot border accenting the pages. While the stories from his childhood will interest younger readers, most of the volume will be of more interest to dePaola's adult fans and those doing author studies. (Nonfiction. 10-adult)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399246227
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/14/2006
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
7.92(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.57(d)
Lexile:
AD1030L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 Months to 12 Years

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola lives in New London, New Hampshire.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Connecticut and New Hampshire
Date of Birth:
September 15, 1935
Place of Birth:
Meriden, CT
Website:
http://www.tomie.com/main.html

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Christmas Remembered 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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tee-em-dee More than 1 year ago
I rec'd this book as a gift, and loved it, so this past Christmas I purchased it as a gift for my child's teacher. I'm a fan of DePaola; I love his children's books, but this one if for adults. If you are of Italian-American decent, I strongly recommend it as you will be able to relate to a lot of the stories. If you're not of I/A decent - still a good read; warm and funny stories, positive messages throughou.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great, Tomie dePaola is one of my favorite authors. I love how he talks about his different Christmas's they are really cool and there are so many twists and turns you would never expect.