Willy and May: A Christmas Story

Willy and May: A Christmas Story

by Judy Schachner
     
 
Aunt May and her pet canary, Willy, live far away. So her young niece only visits twice a year-but their time together is unforgettable. The girl is heartbroken one year when she can't go visit her aunt. May promises to come see her for Christmas.But when a huge snowstorm hits, will Aunt May be able to travel? This warm story, lovingly narrated by a young girl,

Overview

Aunt May and her pet canary, Willy, live far away. So her young niece only visits twice a year-but their time together is unforgettable. The girl is heartbroken one year when she can't go visit her aunt. May promises to come see her for Christmas.But when a huge snowstorm hits, will Aunt May be able to travel? This warm story, lovingly narrated by a young girl, is perfect for the holiday season, but will be asked for all year long.

"Full of lively details, the line-and-watercolor illustrations reflect the humor and the beguiling quality of the story itself." (Booklist, starred review)

"The delightfully detailed pen-and-ink and watercolor artwork has many humorous touches and is loaded with child appeal. A marvelous intergenerational story for all seasons." (School Library Journal, starred review)

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Great-aunt May travels everywhere with her pet bird Willy perched on her hat. Her great niece visits her every summer and Christmas; the two are best of friends. One year, circumstances keep them apart over the summer and threaten to ruin Christmas as well. May decides to visit her niece since the girl cannot travel to May's house. This time, the weather interferes as a great snowstorm stops all traffic. Almost all traffic, that is. May is the best Christmas present a girl could receive. The illustrations are wonderful watercolors filled with humor and love.
Carolyn Phelan
A little girl tells of her beloved, eccentric great-aunt May, whom she visits each year during the summer and at Christmas. Together with May's pet bird, Willy, they bake pies (Willy dances on the soft dough), swim (Willy floats on May's hat), sing after supper (Willy spins on the Victrola record), and decorate the Christmas tree (Willy contributes dust bunnies and lost bobby pins). When apart, they write affectionate letters. One summer, the girl's mother falls ill, and the girl cannot visit May. The following Christmas, May promises to come, but a bad snowstorm blocks the roads and stops the trains. The child's distress and May's solution will make perfect sense to any child who has missed a loved one at Christmas. The lively antics of Willy and May give this picture book an aura of happiness that makes the sadness more poignant when it comes. Like Steven Kellogg's "Best Friends" (1986), this picture book concerns not only the joy, but also the pain that children feel and the way that it engulfs them. Full of lively details, the line-and-watercolor illustrations reflect the humor and the beguiling quality of the story itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525453475
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Judy Schachner lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

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