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Cole Family Christmas

Cole Family Christmas

by Jennifer Liu Bryan, Jenniffer Julich
     
 

The wish book. This amazing year, the nine children in the Cole family have been allowed to sit down with the Sears, Roebuck and Company catalogue to choose the gift they would most like to receive for Christmas. This is a rare event, for the Coles are not wealthy. Indeed, "Cole Family Christmas" is the true, tender, and wholly unforgettable tale of a coal miner's

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The wish book. This amazing year, the nine children in the Cole family have been allowed to sit down with the Sears, Roebuck and Company catalogue to choose the gift they would most like to receive for Christmas. This is a rare event, for the Coles are not wealthy. Indeed, "Cole Family Christmas" is the true, tender, and wholly unforgettable tale of a coal miner's family. The story takes place in the small company town of Benham, Kentucky, in a time (1920) and place when coal was king and families made their precarious living mining the dirty and sometimes deadly coal. When one of Mama's few possessions, a treasured purple glass bowl with fluted edges, is accidentally broken by exuberant children rushing in from the outdoors, and an unlikely blizzard prevents Papa from coming home after working extra hours at the coal mine on Christmas Eve, the stage is set for a Christmas morning in which gifts are given and received that no one could have predicted.

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School Library Journal

Gr 3-6

A nostalgic look at a Christmas in a small Kentucky coal town in 1920, based on the author's family lore. Ruble Cole, 10, doesn't expect much for Christmas. Life is hard for a family with nine children. So she and her siblings are surprised when Mama tells them to look through the "Wish Book" (the Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog) to pick out one thing they really want. Will an unexpected snowstorm put a stop to what just may be the family's best Christmas ever? Not if Mama and Papa can help it. These hardworking, loving, and forgiving parents possess an unusual understanding of all their children's secret dreams. Despite a few moments of real charm, the writing is serviceable at best, and the illustrations are cartoonish and unattractive.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981626505
Publisher:
Next Chapter Press
Publication date:
09/15/2008
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author


Jennifer is the granddaughter-in-law of Hazel Cole Kendle. A graduate of Duke University and Yale University, the former newspaper editor lives in Alexandria, Va., with her husband Kendle and son Jack. Hazel is the youngest and last surviving member of the nine Cole children. She has four children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She lives in Milford, Ohio.

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