In this book, the award winning author shares humorous childhood memories of Christmas with his family in rural Appalachia.
School Library JournalGr 3 Up-These nine stories are a series of anecdotes and reminiscences about the author's family and childhood, and they all invoke an earlier and more innocent time, when kids yearned for Lincoln Logs and Erector sets instead of iPods and Game Boys. Dating as far back as 1910, the nostalgic selections are quietly funny and would probably charm any adult listening to the author read them on NPR, but it is unlikely that many modern children will be attracted to them, well-written though they are.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsIn nine warm and winning holiday tales, veteran storyteller Davis either looks back at his own youthful experiences or recalls family tales from a previous generation. Writing in the same measured, tongue-in-cheek tones in which he tells his stories live, he opens with his father's description of the simple pleasure of making a Christmas orange last as long as possible. He closes with an account of the time he and a friend inadvertently trapped their fathers in a pit intended for their little brothers. And in between, he describes encounters with sleds, department-store Santas and a pilfered cigar; what holidays were like at Grandma and Grandpa's non-electrified house; measures taken to make sure Santa didn't fall into the new oil heater just installed in the fireplace; a disastrous (and hilarious) mishap at a church Christmas pageant, and similar memories. Most of these rural and small-town episodes are available as recordings-on Davis's Christmas at Grandma's (1994) and elsewhere-but they translate just fine into print, and for sharing, make the next best thing to a live concert. (Short stories. 10-12)
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