The Cobweb Christmas

The Cobweb Christmas

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by Shirley Climo, Jane Manning, Jane K. Manning
     
 

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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

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060290337
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
REVISED & ILLUSTRATED
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
782,254
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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.

Jane Manning is the illustrator of dozens of children's books, including the I Can Read! Books Baa-Choo! by Sarah Weeks and the New York Times bestselling The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches by Alice Low. She currently lives in Deep River, Connecticut.

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Cobweb Christmas: The Tradition of Tinsel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
J-bookclubber More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful Christmas book for children. I've read it to 3-10 year olds. The drawings of her small house are beautiful. This is superior to many other Christmas stories and has a special place in my collection; I choose this one to give as a Christmas present..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a Kindergarten Teacher, I read this each year before we made "take home" decorations. The children loved the story and it prompted much discussion about holiday activities.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.