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Don't Kill Santa
     

Don't Kill Santa

by Donald Davis
 
Donald Davis knows that the holidays you remember aren't the ones where everything goes as expected; instead, you remember the ones that bring an element of surprise—if not outright disaster. At the Davis household, which had its fair share of these incidents, that includes: the time the bear stole the family's Christmas dinner; the time the boys' Christmas

Overview

Donald Davis knows that the holidays you remember aren't the ones where everything goes as expected; instead, you remember the ones that bring an element of surprise—if not outright disaster. At the Davis household, which had its fair share of these incidents, that includes: the time the bear stole the family's Christmas dinner; the time the boys' Christmas gifts got "repossessed;" the time Joe-brother was cured once and for all of opening his presents early; the time Donald and his friend Larry Leatherwood laid a trap for their little brothers... and snagged some unfriendly wild game instead. The arc these stories create follow a family in rural Appalachia from the horse-and-wagon days through the family's first car, new "modern" house with its gas stove, and first television—and reflects the revolving ways extended and immediate families observe, embrace, and celebrate the holidays.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 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 Reviews
In 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874837469
Publisher:
August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/25/2006
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,001,292
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.65(h) x 0.57(d)
Lexile:
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Donald Davis Bio:
Donald Davis was raised in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. He didn't realize it at the time, but he grew up in a family of gifted storytellers who passed their talent along to Donald. His legendary Uncle Frank was a front-porch storyteller of the first order and the source of many of Donald’s tales. Young Davis was a capable student. He went to college and then to divinity school. For twenty years he served the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Then came a day when he found that he would rather tell Uncle Frank's tall tales than give another sermon. He would rather recall two old-maid sisters who abused the party line than marry one more couple. Fortunately, Davis had no trouble finding audiences: all of his former congregations lined up to book him to perform as a storyteller. He now tours the USA ten months a year, making about 300 storytelling presentations annually. He can be found in schools, at libraries, in front of conventions, and as a headliner at storytelling festivals. Davis has appeared on ABC News Nightline, and he has been a guest on National Public Radio and CNN. His books and spoken word recordings have received critical acclaim and won many awards. Davis has written ten books and recorded twenty audio recordings with August House. When Donald isn’t crisscrossing the country performing his stories, he comes home to Ocracoke Island, North Carolina where he lives with his wife, Merle.

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