Just in Time for Christmas

Just in Time for Christmas

by Louise Borden, Ted Lewin
     
 

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The holiday season is here at last! It's time for the Bryans to make their sweet cream candy, and Will can't wait.

But this year, holiday time is bittersweet. Luke, Will's dog, is missing. Great Gran is getting older, and she's forgetting things. Yet, though these changes, Will gains the chance to discover the true magic of Christmas for himself.  See more details below

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The holiday season is here at last! It's time for the Bryans to make their sweet cream candy, and Will can't wait.

But this year, holiday time is bittersweet. Luke, Will's dog, is missing. Great Gran is getting older, and she's forgetting things. Yet, though these changes, Will gains the chance to discover the true magic of Christmas for himself.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lewin's light-splashed watercolors majestically fill each double-page spread of this splendid book. With close to photographic clarity, the artwork adroitly sets the scene for Borden's fine portrait of a Kentucky family following its beloved 100-year-old Christmas tradition of candy-making. Young Will Bryan impatiently awaits the moment that he and his cousins will help the adults make taffy on the porch. Though concerned about his dog, Luke, who has been missing for several days, Will sings carols along with the other Bryans and tries to believe Great Gram, who tells him that Luke will return in time for Christmas. A poignant story, sparely and smoothly told. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
The Bryans gather in Kentucky each Christmas to share the holidays the way the family has done for a hundred years. Will Bryan and his hunting dog, Luke, await the arrival of relatives and the perfect time to make the family's famous cream candy. Luke disappears, hopefully just because he's his own boss, but Will worries whether he will return by cream candy time. Watercolors evoke the chilly season and rural surroundings.
Mary Harris Veeder
Christmas in Kentucky is a time of tradition for Will Bryan--a time for friends and family and for making sweet candy from a family recipe. In counterpoint is Will's awareness that Great Gram sometimes calls him by the wrong name and that his favorite hunting dog, Luke, has taken off and not returned. Will's fears about Great Gram are clear yet elegantly understated, with Lewin's watercolors--gray December hills, white farm buildings, and graying fences--capturing the poignancy. The picture of Gram reassuring Will about Luke (what she says is correct, even though she calls the boy by the wrong name) projects the steadiness of love in a season filled with change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590453554
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1994
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.32(w) x 10.34(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile:
AD650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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