Publishers WeeklySian Hardy compiles 18 folk tales and stories from writers as diverse as Beverly Cleary, Joan Aiken and Hans Christian Andersen in The Kingfisher Treasury of Christmas Stories, illus. by Kate Aldous with b&w drawings.
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Children's LiteratureThink of this collection of 18 Christmas stories as a sort of literary advent calendar, one to fire the anticipation of Christmas in periodic increments. Although the Christmas theme is an obvious thread, this collection is not, actually, a particularly cohesive one. It is diverse in both style and content, with retold legends from Scandinavia and Russia joining more modern classics from Beverly Cleary. The result is that probably no reader will like all the stories, but most will take to something. The theme of giving is visited in "Gifts," "A Present for Santa Claus," and "Christmas Through a Knothole," while religion reigns in "Baboushka" and "Room for a Little One." Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Fir Tree" is a morality tale with a sad ending, but "Brer Rabbit's Christmas" and "A Very Big Cat" bring a humorous touch. Ann Cameron's "The Box" is a charming story, but has nary a mention of Christmas in it. The best part of this anthology is that it largely foregoes the oft-told inner circle of stories that children will have already heard, whether from books or ubiquitous TV specials, and some of them are quite cute. The downside is that there's a reason they're not all classics. Themes like the spirit of giving teeter on the edge of preachy and trite, and the writing doesn't always carry predictable plots. This book is one of the "Kingfisher Treasury" series, which include Princess Stories, Pirate Stories, Magical Stories, and several others. 2003 (orig. 1994), Kingfisher Publications/Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 5 to 10.
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KATE ALDOUS lives in Kew, England.
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