Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street

by Valentine Davies


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Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies

Generations of believers in hope and goodwill have made Valentine Davies’ Miracle on 34th Street a treasured part of their holiday traditions. Millions of copies of this award-winning story have sold since its first publication in 1947, delighting readers of all ages. A facsimile edition of the book is now faithfully re-created, offering a new generation—and fans of the original—the beauty of the classic 1940s design. Details of how the book came to be written, and made into a beloved film, are included in a brief historical note.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547414423
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/20/2010
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 667,929
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

VALENTINE DAVIES (1905–1961) was a prominent Hollywood screenwriter. He was president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a member of the Writers Guild of America, which now presents the Valentine Davies Award as one of its highest honors.

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Miracle on 34th Street 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book as a child and have kept on reading it ever since. It is truely a Christmas Classic!
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
One of the best Holiday classics ever. The book follows the 1947 movie plot. A thoroughly enjoyable read that will appeal to young and old alike. Well written. Well edited. Recommend to anyone who enjoys Christmas stories. It will make you believe in Santa Clause again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Store p .r . perhaps book based on script reads like one rather than a book that a movie was based on
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Everyone who has ever seen the original 1947 movie Miracle on 34th Street (we don’t like the remakes) knows the basic plot of this book. Kris Kringle is an elderly gentleman who lives at the Maplewood Home for the Aged in New York City, NY. When the Santa hired for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade shows up drunk, Doris Walker, the somewhat frosty, divorced Personnel Director at Macy’s, hires Kris to take his place, and Mr. Shellhammer, Head of the Toy Department, suggests that she keep Kris for the permanent job of Santa at Macy’s Department Store on 34th St., where he creates a lot of good will which even owner R. H. Macy notices. Kris even affects Doris’s daughter, six-year-old Susan, who has been brought up by her disillusioned mother to be as matter-of-fact as herself, and their neighbor and Doris’s would-be boyfriend Fred Gailey, a lawyer with whom Kris moves in. Everything is going well until people begin to find out that Kris actually believes that he is the real Santa Claus. So the Macy’s company psychologist, Albert Sawyer, who dislikes Santa Claus anyway, decides to have Kris committed to Bellevue insane asylum and does so secretly without Doris’s knowledge. When he learns about it, Fred petitions for a court hearing to decide Kris’s sanity and determines to have him declared sane. What will happen in court? And how will Susan react? Of course, those who have watched the film know the answer to those questions. Some people have complained that this is a mere “novelization” of the movie. Sometimes an existing book is made into a movie, and sometimes an existing movie is “novelized” into a book. What happened in the case of Miracle on 34th Street is not so clear. Author Valentine Davies (1905-1961) was a Hollywood screenwriter, but if I understand it correctly, he first wrote it in story form around 1944, then later submitted it to Twentieth Century-Fox, where it was turned into a film. It was decided to publish a book to coincide with the release of the film, so Davies reworked his story, fleshing it out with material from the screenplay. There are some noticeable differences between the movie and the book, but the basic plot is the same. The only objectionable items in the novel are one use of the “d” word, one appearance of the term “Good Lord” as an interjection, and the fact that Fred smokes a pipe. Otherwise, it is a really cute story.