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Diane Goode's American Christmas
     

Diane Goode's American Christmas

by Diane Goode
 

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Bursting with Christmas cheer, this all-American collection from Caldecott Honor medalist Diane Goode evokes the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Inside are delightful poems and stories by beloved American writers such as Laura Ingalls Wilder, Washington Irving, and Langston Hughes, along with favorite carols such as "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and "Silver

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Bursting with Christmas cheer, this all-American collection from Caldecott Honor medalist Diane Goode evokes the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Inside are delightful poems and stories by beloved American writers such as Laura Ingalls Wilder, Washington Irving, and Langston Hughes, along with favorite carols such as "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and "Silver Bells." Perfect for reading aloud, singing, and sharing, this book will become part of the family's Christmas tradition. "Goode's focus is on the distinct expression Americans have given to the holiday.[Full of] happy surprises." -- Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This cheerful collection of Christmas melodies, poems and stories eschews the Victoriana frequently associated with the season in favor of American customs and traditions. From Laura Ingalls Wilder's chapter on her first Christmas tree to Langston Hughes's "Carol of the Brown King,'' Goode's focus is on "the distinct expression'' Americans have given to the holiday, and her festive illustrations span various historical periods. In addition to traditional favorites ("Jingle Bells'' and Clement Moore's famous poem), there are many happy surprises, such as "Brer Rabbit's Christmas'' and a folktale from upstate New York about the origins of "A Baker's Dozen.'' The book's design is uncluttered and spacious, and Goode (The Diane Goode Book of American Folk Tales and Songs) differentiates the entries by wrapping each one--her special "gifts''--in a unique ribbon-like border. All ages. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The Christmas traditions in America represent a melding of those from all over the world. The American part of this book is the authors of the various stories, poems, and songs. It is a lovely collection filled with delicate watercolor illustrations in every framed spread. There should be something for every family to use or adapt for their special Christmas celebration.
School Library Journal
A collection of 23 American poems, songs, and stories that reflects both a traditional and contemporary Christmas. "Brer Rabbit's Christmas,'' "Yes, Virginia,'' "I'll Be Home for Christmas,'' and "The Peterkins' Christmas Tree'' keep company with Langston Hughes' "Carol of the Brown King,'' and Wilder's "Christmas on the Banks of Plum Creek.'' Goode's variously bordered pages set paint and colored-pencil illustrations in white space and give the text ample room to breathe. The Family Read-Aloud Christmas Treasury (Joy Street, 1989) by Alice Low and Marc Brown has more than twice the selections and a livelier palette, but Goode has included new material with only six selections appearing in both collections. Low and Brown provide a better bargain; Goode's offering can serve as an extra in large collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140562545
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
10.76(w) x 8.16(h) x 0.22(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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Meet the Author

Diane Goode says, "In this book I wanted to capture the feeling that there's a wonderful world waiting right around the corner.” Since winning the Caldecott Honor for When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant at the start of her career, Diane Goode has written and illustrated such lovely picture books as Mama's Perfect Present and Thanksgiving is Here! Her son, Peter, to whom this book is dedicated, is now grown. The talented author-illustrator lives in Watch-ung, New Jersey, with her husband and their yellow Lab.

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