Lucy's Christmas

Overview

Lucy Wells likes planning ahead. In her quaint New England town the leaves have just begun to change, but Lucy is already thinking of Christmas. She begins to make presents for her family: a pincushion for Mother, a doll for her sister, and a pen-wiper for her best friend. For the whole family, her parents have ordered a new modern range stove. The days grow colder and shorter, the snow grows deeper, and everyone grows more excited. Finally, the day arrives! Lucy and her family travel to the South Danbury Church ...
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Overview

Lucy Wells likes planning ahead. In her quaint New England town the leaves have just begun to change, but Lucy is already thinking of Christmas. She begins to make presents for her family: a pincushion for Mother, a doll for her sister, and a pen-wiper for her best friend. For the whole family, her parents have ordered a new modern range stove. The days grow colder and shorter, the snow grows deeper, and everyone grows more excited. Finally, the day arrives! Lucy and her family travel to the South Danbury Church to exchange gifts, sing carols with the whole town, and perform in the Christmas pageant.

Set at the turn of the twentieth century, richly illustrated with colored engravings by Michael McCurdy, the masterful Hall has painted a scene of a classic New England Christmas, based on the childhood stories of his own mother.

In the fall of 1909, Lucy gets an early start on making Christmas presents for her family and friends, which they will open at the church's Christmas program.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hall (Ox-Cart Man) and McCurdy (An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving) serve up a New England Christmas at the turn of the century-complete with hand-crafted presents, horse-drawn sleighs and a rousing community church service. Young Lucy takes great care preparing thoughtful gifts for her family, but even more anticipation surrounds the new Glenwood Kitchen Range that Lucy's parent's have ordered from the Sears Roebuck catalogue. Hall's generously descriptive text is infused with nostalgia and warmth (an author's note explains his personal connection to the characters). McCurdy's colored scratchboard drawings brim with rustic detail and are particularly fluid and expressive for artwork in this medium. Ages 5-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Warm family story telling how a small New England farm village celebrated Christmas together earlier in this century. The excitement of making just the right present for family and friends and the gathering on Christmas day at the village church to sing songs, present a pageant, view the decorated tree, and to exchanging gifts are told in delightful prose accompanied by detailed action filled colored scratchboard illustrations.
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"The piece of the author's family history is rich with realistic touches of everyday life, and it will settle over readers like a well-worn country quilt. A Christmas gem that will last for many seasons to come.-School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567923421
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 981,258
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

DONALD HALL, poet laureate of the United States from 2006 to 2007, is author of String Too Short to Be Saved and more than a dozen other works of prose and poetry. His many awards include the National Medal of Arts, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry, and the 1990 Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Award-winning artist Michael McCurdy has illustrated more than 170 books for adults and children. His books often explore America's past, bringing to life its history and traditions. He lives with his wife, Deborah, on a farm in western Massachusetts.

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