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Corgiville Christmas
     

Corgiville Christmas

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by Tasha Tudor
 

In this third story set in imaginary Corgiville, home to corgis, cats, rabbits and some eccentric families, Christmas is coming. Mr. and Mrs. Bigbee Brown warm themselves by the wood stove as they drink their tea. Mr. Chicahominy, his two wives, and mother-in-law live in a house overlooking the pond. During the season he puts his haberdashery on wheels, peddling by

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In this third story set in imaginary Corgiville, home to corgis, cats, rabbits and some eccentric families, Christmas is coming. Mr. and Mrs. Bigbee Brown warm themselves by the wood stove as they drink their tea. Mr. Chicahominy, his two wives, and mother-in-law live in a house overlooking the pond. During the season he puts his haberdashery on wheels, peddling by wagon all about town. Families make special wreaths for the animals, and age Dundee cake for months. Finally, on December 25, the parlor door opens to reveal a magnificent Christmas tree with lighted candles and shining ornaments.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Those who love Tudor's reverent homage to yesteryear will enjoy spending time in snowy Corgiville for the holiday season."--Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly
Tudor's corgis (Corgiville Fair) have always been a likeable lot, but this newest book about their adventures may disappoint her fans. Tudor's memories of childhood in the 1920s prompt observations about the animal denizens of Corgiville as they prepare for Christmas. An overall quaintness pervades the proceedings, from the catnip milkshakes enjoyed by the feline Purrer sisters at the Stauffers' apothecary to the tasteful gatherings hosted by the Cardigan Corgwyns of Wales. Sadly, however, Tudor's mostly fuzzy, often blurry paintings seem unfinished, an impression compounded by the hard-to-read, often error-ridden hand-lettering within those illustrations. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-In this third installation in the series, readers discover some of the traditions and celebrations of a country Christmas in the 1920s. The population of dogs and other animals is rendered straightforwardly and with rich, Beatrix-Potteresque language: "-cats prefer catnip wreaths, mixed with cheese balls, to attract mice. The rabbits use kale, as it is economical and can be eaten later." Tudor's detailed crayon-and-watercolor pictures seem a bit blurry, but they succeed in capturing the cozy, slower, closer-to-nature pace of the early part of the last century. The narrative is not so much a story as a series of vignettes showing different Corgi families engaged in holiday preparations and activities. Gentle nostalgia from a timeless master.-S. P. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An old-fashioned Christmas season in a New England village is the theme of Tudor's latest installment about Corgiville, her fictional town inhabited by her favorite Corgi dogs, as well as by rabbits, cats, and chickens. She introduces three new animal families to the village, following them as they move into new homes and start their own businesses: a haberdashery and a combination apothecary and soda fountain. She includes borders around many pages with period kitchen utensils and vintage artifacts such as a hand-cranked ice-cream freezer and goat-drawn peddler carts. This tour through the village is followed by holiday preparations and celebrations, many based on Tudor's own childhood memories or experiences with her own children and pets. With this story, Tudor uses a more muted, impressionistic style for her watercolor paintings, which is better suited to the panoramic scenes of the snowy village than to the detailed illustrations of the insides of shops and homes. Those who love Tudor's reverent homage to yesteryear will enjoy spending time in snowy Corgiville for the holiday season. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932425000
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
09/26/2003
Series:
Corgiville Series
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
12.16(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
2 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Winner of two Caldecott Honors, Tasha Tudor has written and/or illustrated nearly 100 books, including most recently Clement Moore's THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. She lives in Brattleboro, VT.

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Corgiville Christmas 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, this particular Tasha Tudor book was really disappointing. She is one of my favourite illustrators, and typically her writing is well done. I have loved her books since I was a little girl, so I really dislike having to say that this book is not worth the paper upon which it is printed. I agree with Publisher's Weekly that the illustrations are 'fuzzy' and 'unfinished'. The story is rather strange too and not really appropriate for children. I think that if this book had not been a 'Tasha Tudor original', it would not have been published. In comparing her older publicatons such as A Time to Keep, Take Joy, A Doll's Christmas, A is for Annabel, and others with this book, her skill as an artist clearly deteriorated as she aged, which is common. I do not mean any disrespect in criticising Ms. Tudor, especially because she past away in 2008. I would recommend her earlier publications to anyone because she had a wonderful gift of expressing people, animals, and landscapes through her illustrations and storylines.