The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas

The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas

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by Madeleine L'Engle
     
 

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To seven-year-old Vicky Austin, the twenty-four days before Christmas are the most wonderful days of the year. She's going to be an angel in the Christmas Pageant. Best of all, Vicky and her brother John and her little sister Suzy do something special every day to celebrate: they hang twinkling lights, make cookies, and wish very hard for snow.

But what if

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To seven-year-old Vicky Austin, the twenty-four days before Christmas are the most wonderful days of the year. She's going to be an angel in the Christmas Pageant. Best of all, Vicky and her brother John and her little sister Suzy do something special every day to celebrate: they hang twinkling lights, make cookies, and wish very hard for snow.

But what if the new baby comes during Christmas and Mother has to go to the hospital? How can they have Christmas without Mother?

Editorial Reviews

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“Repackaged, with Weber's full-color spot illustrations to add visual interest, this should make for agreeable, alternative holiday read-aloud.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This new edition of a story first published in 1984 includes unobtrusive spot illustrations done in an inviting folk-art style; readers will feel as though they're glimpsing the Austins' very own well-loved ornaments and other holiday memorabilia. Compact trim size further highlights the coziness of the family drama.” —Horn Book Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440401056
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/01/1987
Series:
Austin Family Series
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
71
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.23(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007) was the Newbery Medal-winning author of more than 60 books, including the much-loved A Wrinkle in Time. Born in 1918, L'Engle grew up in New York City, Switzerland, South Carolina and Massachusetts. Her father was a reporter and her mother had studied to be a pianist, and their house was always full of musicians and theater people. L'Engle graduated cum laude from Smith College, then returned to New York to work in the theater. While touring with a play, she wrote her first book, The Small Rain, originally published in 1945. She met her future husband, Hugh Franklin, when they both appeared in The Cherry Orchard.

Upon becoming Mrs. Franklin, L'Engle gave up the stage in favor of the typewriter. In the years her three children were growing up, she wrote four more novels. Hugh Franklin temporarily retired from the theater, and the family moved to western Connecticut and for ten years ran a general store. Her book Meet the Austins, an American Library Association Notable Children's Book of 1960, was based on this experience.

Her science fantasy classic A Wrinkle in Time was awarded the 1963 Newbery Medal. Two companion novels, A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet (a Newbery Honor book), complete what has come to be known as The Time Trilogy, a series that continues to grow in popularity with a new generation of readers. Her 1980 book A Ring of Endless Light won the Newbery Honor. L'Engle passed away in 2007 in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Jill Weber has illustrated numerous books for children. She lives in New Hampshire.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 12, 1918
Date of Death:
September 6, 2007
Place of Birth:
New York, NY
Place of Death:
Litchfield, CT
Education:
Smith College, 1941

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Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its cool to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written from the perspective of a seven-year-old, a lovely story of family love and Christmas traditions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love this book.
baileytess More than 1 year ago
This is a sappy, sweet little gem consisting of various Christmas stories. Because the stories are short, I was able to share them with my daughters, one story a night, until Christmas. We will definately be making reading this book a Yule tradition.
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Awsome gift for someone to read
rmoranty More than 1 year ago
Fun Enhanced version of a lovely book for Christmas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Havent read it but sounds intresting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Madeleine L'Engle has never disappointed me with anything she has written. This one is a little off the beaten path of most of her other works but it wonderful anyway. It will bring a smile to your face.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Try it, read it buy it,I don't care.you have GOT to get this book!