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The Story of Holly and Ivy
     

The Story of Holly and Ivy

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by Rumer Godden, Barbara Cooney (Illustrator)
 

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It is Christmas Eve and, for the toys in Mr. Blossom's shop, their last chance to be sold. Holly, a small doll dressed especially for Christmas, wishes hard for her own special child. But the day ends and Holly is left in the window. On Christmas morning a little orphan girl finds herself outside the toyshop. Ivy has never had a doll to love, but when she sees

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It is Christmas Eve and, for the toys in Mr. Blossom's shop, their last chance to be sold. Holly, a small doll dressed especially for Christmas, wishes hard for her own special child. But the day ends and Holly is left in the window. On Christmas morning a little orphan girl finds herself outside the toyshop. Ivy has never had a doll to love, but when she sees Holly, she knows this doll is meant specially for her. But Ivy has no money, and the shop is closed . . .

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Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This reissue of the holiday classic written by Godden and illustrated in 1985 will be a special favorite with moms who want to introduce their daughters to the story of the little girl who needed the love of a family and the doll who helped to represent that love. There is a great deal of text in this story in order to tell both the little girl's and the little doll's stories: Ivy, an orphan who so believes that there is a family waiting for her in the town of Appleton and Holly, the new doll in a toy store ruled by a malevolent toy owl named Abracadabra. The various subplots in the story—of toys desperately wanting to be loved by a little boy or girl, of a woman who suddenly realizes that her life is missing something—strengthen the overall text and make this a heartwarming story. However, the text will need a patient hand for the first reading; once the young reader is "into" the story, she will be delighted by the beautifully detailed paintings that double-Caldecott-winner Cooney created for this text. A must-have for every library.
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-A must-have for every library.+ -Children+s Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140507232
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/1987
Edition description:
REP
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.22(w) x 10.42(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range:
5 - 10 Years

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-A must-have for every library.+ -Children+s Literature

Meet the Author


Rumer Godden wrote many well-known and much-loved books for both adults and children. Her children's novel The Diddakoi won the Whitbread Children's Book Award in 1972.

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The Story of Holly and Ivy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
luanne613 More than 1 year ago
I remember this book from when I was a child, I used to read it over and over! It got into a box of books at a garage sale just about 7 years ago I was heartbroken to realize it was sold! (it was probably about 40 years old!) I think I may just have to buy myself an early Christmas gift this year~!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dude, this is the best book ever! My teacher read it to us when i was in about first grade and she was crying so hard that the art teacher had to finish reading it! I really love this book. I can remember everything about it, and i still love it now that i am twelve years old! I'm gonna read it to my niece when she can comprehend it. She'll love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was such an amazing book. I remember I read this in 3rd grade and I have loved the book ever since. Its such a heart-felt book to this day still fills me with joy to read. The story with the holidays makes it even better. Its a book that everyone should read at least once and shows the real meaning of christmas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was a little girl, I think about 1st grade, I got this book from my school library. I brought it home and my mom read it to me. The next year I made sure to do the same. This continues till I reached middle school and by that time I no longer cared. Now, as I am a junior in college, I have been looking for this book to share a great tradition with my niece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most wonderful books I`ve red!! Every christmas we had red this story, since I was a little child. It`s a very nice christmastradition.