The Peterkins' Christmas by Elizabeth Spurr, Lucretia P. Hale, Wendy Anderson Halperin, Wendy Anderson Halperin |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Peterkins' Christmas

The Peterkins' Christmas

by Elizabeth Spurr, Lucretia P. Hale, Wendy Anderson Halperin, Wendy Anderson Halperin
     
 
Meet the Peterkins.

There's Mr. and Mrs. Peterkin, Agamemnon, Solomon John, Eliza-beth Eliza, and the three Little Boys (who everyone forgot to name when they were born).

The Peterkins love a good surprise almost as much as they love Christmas-time, and this year is no different as they try to surprise the Little Boys with their tallest Christmas tree ever

Overview

Meet the Peterkins.

There's Mr. and Mrs. Peterkin, Agamemnon, Solomon John, Eliza-beth Eliza, and the three Little Boys (who everyone forgot to name when they were born).

The Peterkins love a good surprise almost as much as they love Christmas-time, and this year is no different as they try to surprise the Little Boys with their tallest Christmas tree ever. All their secret plans go awry, though, when they realize that their special tree is too big to fit in the house! How will they save Christmas?

The Peterkins were first introduced to delighted children everywhere more than one hundred and twenty years ago when Lucretia Hale wrote The Peterkin Papers. Adapted from that timeless children's classic, The Peterkins' Christmas is a charming holiday tale that will thrill readers of all ages.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
`Tis the season to be silly with the loveable but daft stars of Lucretia P. Hale's late-19th-century work The Peterkin Papers. Mama, Papa and their brood prepare for the holidays in true Peterkins style-raising the parlor ceiling for a too-tall Christmas tree and underestimating their trimming needs. But the family's kind, if mysterious friend, the Lady from Philadelphia, helps save the day via a special delivery package. This time-proven gem, polished to a new shine, makes for a fun read. Halperin's (Love Is) intricately framed watercolors, comfortably packed with cozy period detail, punctuate the text's quirky, warm tone. Ages 7-10. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is one of those delightfully silly stories, an adaptation of one episode of The Peterkin Papers by Lucretia P. Hale. The author has done a wonderful job of allowing the reader to be in on the joke as the blissfully unaware Peterkins try to hide a surprise from the three youngest children. The surprise is a giant Christmas tree which the Peterkins refer to as the "You-Know-What" so the three Little Boys (their parents forgot to name them) won't guess what's going on. When the tree is too big for the room, the Peterkins calmly cut a hole in the ceiling. When Elizabeth Eliza objects because there is now a hole in her bedroom floor, they cover it up with a cover so high that Elizabeth Eliza hits her head upon the ceiling in her room. All along, as the Peterkins do one ridiculous thing after another, the reader is amused but in a gentle way. There is never a mean or nasty feel to the laughs. The watercolor illustrations add to the classic tone of the book making it an appropriate Christmas story. 2004, Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, Ages 7 to 10.
—Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-An illustrated, oversized version of a story from Lucretia P. Hale's The Peterkin Papers (1880). The elder Peterkins want to surprise their children with a Christmas tree, but all kinds of difficulties arise. No problem; these folks are nothing if not inventive. The tree is too tall? Why not raise the ceiling of the parlor? The piano keys are facing the window? Play the piano from outside. Fortunately, the family has a guardian angel, in the form of their good friend, the "Lady from Philadelphia." Obviously no stranger to their way of thinking, she comes to their rescue with a box full of ornaments for their very tall tree just in the nick of time. Spurr's adaptation is a fine introduction for younger readers and listeners to this quintessential "Noodlehead" family. Halperin's distinctive and charming watercolor illustrations, with their Dickensian attention to humorous detail, add just the right touch of whimsy and warmth. A sweet and silly addition.-M. A. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This adapted excerpt from the 19th-century classic The Peterkin Papers focuses on the foolish family's preparations for Christmas, with the specific problems of a Christmas tree that's too tall for the parlor, a lack of proper decorations for such a huge tree, and a piano that can be played only through an open window. Preposterous solutions ensue until Christmas Eve arrives along with visiting family and a snowstorm. The whimsical nature of the Peterkin family is matched by Halperin's nostalgic, delicate paintings, which are framed with swirling borders that suggest antique picture frames. Additional spot illustrations are interspersed throughout the text pages, sometimes helping to explain old-fashioned terms or tools. The quietly humorous story focuses on the daughter of the family, Elizabeth Eliza, and includes excerpts from her letters to the Lady from Philadelphia (who is always mysteriously there with the obvious answer), set off in italics to distinguish them from the third-person text. (Picture book. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689830235
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.36(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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