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The Cobweb Christmas

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All her life, Tante had heard tales about marvelous happenings on Christmas Eve. Animals might speak aloud. Bees might hum carols, or cocks crow at midnight. Tante wished she could witness a bit of Christmas magic, too.

Everybody loves Christmas at Tante's. The old lady decorates a wonderful tree and makes certain to have something for all who come to visit, be it the nearby village children or the shy animals of the pine forest. The only creatures Tante overlooks are the ...

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Overview

All her life, Tante had heard tales about marvelous happenings on Christmas Eve. Animals might speak aloud. Bees might hum carols, or cocks crow at midnight. Tante wished she could witness a bit of Christmas magic, too.

Everybody loves Christmas at Tante's. The old lady decorates a wonderful tree and makes certain to have something for all who come to visit, be it the nearby village children or the shy animals of the pine forest. The only creatures Tante overlooks are the spiders she has swept out of her cottage while cleaning. But the curious spiders want to come inside and see Tante's tree, too. When a midnight visitor lets them into the old lady's home, they unknowingly spin Tante the very gift she has longed for--a gift that has inspired the draping of tinsel on Christmas trees ever since.

This Old World tale about the warmth and wonder of Christmas will leave children enchanted with the magical possibilities of the season.

Long ago in Germany, an old woman cleans her house and decorates her Christmas tree, hoping that this year she will witness some special Christmas Eve magic.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
In this story, Tante cleans her tiny cottage in preparation for the holiday and decorates a tree that brings pleasure to the children and animals of the village. The only creatures who can't participate are the spiders, who had been swept outside during Tante's cleaning frenzy. But it is the spiders-who inadvertently had been excluded from previous Christmases-that bring Tante the holiday magic she had always hoped for. Lasker's watercolor illustrations are a lovely accompaniment to Climo's story of generosity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060290337
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED & ILLUSTRATED
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 84,426
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirley Climo's love of folklore began in her childhood and has provided the background for many of her children's books, such as The Korean Cinderella, Magic & Mischief: Tales from Cornwall, A Treasury of Princesses: Princess Tales from Around the World, A Treasury of Mermaids: Mermaid Tales from Around the World, and Someone Saw a Spider: Spider Facts and Folktales, an NCTE Teacher's Choice and Library of Congress Best Children's Book that was originally inspired by her research for Cobweb Christmas. Mrs. Climo and her husband live in Los Altos, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2011

    A family favorite!

    Cobweb Christmas is a family favorite! We read it every year during the Christmas season. The tradition of tinsel is discovered in this story involving a bunch of spiders.

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