Littlejim's Gift: An Appalachian Christmas Story

Littlejim's Gift: An Appalachian Christmas Story

by Gloria Houston, Thomas B. Allen, Thomas B. Allen
     
 

"Christmas is just another day, like all the others. And that's that," Littlejim's father says. But even though times are hard, Littlejim is determined to make this Christmas special. "A wonderful story set in the Blue Ridge Mountains during World War I...Houston weaves time, place, and characters into a plot that unfolds with genuine feelings and conflicts." --…  See more details below

Overview

"Christmas is just another day, like all the others. And that's that," Littlejim's father says. But even though times are hard, Littlejim is determined to make this Christmas special. "A wonderful story set in the Blue Ridge Mountains during World War I...Houston weaves time, place, and characters into a plot that unfolds with genuine feelings and conflicts." -- School Library Journal "The period details create a realistic setting without overwhelming the story, and Allen's illustrations capture the winter mountains and the people who live there. Children will feel for Littlejim as he longs for love from a distant parent." -- Booklist

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A native of the Appalachians, Houston (The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree) obviously writes from the heart. Though injured while trying to prove to his exacting father that he is a ``man,'' Littlejim practices reciting Bible verses for the school competition; if he wins, he will be able to take part in the Christmas celebration at the church, which his father otherwise refuses to let the family attend. The boy manages to win the contest, purchase the doll that his younger sister longs for, and soften his father's stony demeanor in this unabashedly sentimental-but affecting-tale. Hazy, sepia-toned illustrations contribute to the story's nostalgic aura. Ages 6-10. (Oct.)
Hazel Rochman
Houston continues the story of "Littlejim" (1990), about a boy in Appalachia around 1917 who longs for recognition from his macho father. Littlejim wants to go to the church Christmas tree celebration, but his father says there's no time for funning and frolicking; there's a war on, and there's work to be done. The boy dreams of proving himself a man, and he saves the dimes he earns so that he can buy a set of tools and help his father. Then, in time-honored fashion, Littlejim uses the hard-earned money to buy a doll as a Christmas gift for his little sister. When he is called on to help his father cut down logs in the icy woods, Littlejim can't keep up the pace and injures his hands. The story comes close to sentimentality, especially when Bigjim reluctantly attends the Christmas party and embraces his son with gruff tenderness. But the period details create a realistic setting without overwhelming the story, and Allen's soft, pastel-like illustrations in sepia shades capture the winter mountains and the people who live there. Children will feel for Littlejim as he longs for love from a distant parent.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399226960
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
10/06/1994
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.31(d)
Lexile:
AD730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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