The Story of Holly and Ivy

The Story of Holly and Ivy

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The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden, Barbara Cooney

Ivy, Holly, and Mr. and Mrs. Jones all have one Christmas wish. Ivy, an orphan, wishes for a real home and sets out in search of the grandmother she's sure she can find. Holly, a doll, wishes for a child to bring her to life. And the Joneses wish more than anything for a son or daughter to share their holiday. Can all three wishes come true? This festive tale is perfectly complemented by beloved Barbara Cooney's luminous illustrations, filled with the warm glow of the Christmas spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670062195
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/14/2006
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 88,901
Product dimensions: 10.37(w) x 10.68(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Rumer Godden was an English author who wrote more than 60 fiction and nonfiction books. Nine of her books have been made into feature films.

Barbara Cooney lived in a house by the sea in Maine and made the world more beautiful through her art. She is the author-illustrator of many classic picture books, including Miss Rumphius.

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The Story of Holly and Ivy 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
LibrarygirlNY More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite childhood Christmas story. As a matter of fact, I still have my copy which I purchased from our school book order in the mid 1960s for 45 cents! I enjoy reading it over and over again. This year I decided to purchase it for my daughter who is now a teacher and spent a semester in London. She loves it too!
jensenh98 More than 1 year ago
Barbara Cooney passed on 14 March 2000 at the age of 83. Her last book was Basket Moon published in September of 1999. In the later part of her career, Cooney focused on writing and illustrating more books of her own, and these were equally well--received. Miss Rumphius, for which the author won both the American Book Award and a New York Times citation in 1982, was inspired by the true story of a woman who traveled the world collecting flower seeds and came home at last to make something beautiful. Her most recent books include Hattie and the Wild Waves. Rating 4 out of 5 stars. Published in 1957. This book has a beautiful cover of a young girl looking into a shop window at several different dolls. This is a story about wishing. It's about a doll and a little girl. The little girl's name is Ivy. The doll's name is Holly. She is dressed for Christmas in her red dress with red shoes. Her petticoat and socks are green. Holly lives in a toy store with the other toys. It is the morning of Christmas eve. There are stuffed animals, rabbits and lions and tigers and even chimpanzees. There is a bride doll, a boy doll with a kilt and a girl doll with an umbrella. " We must be sold today said an owl named Abracadabra. This is the last day for shopping. Tomorrow the store will be closed for Christmas. Mr. Blossom is the owner of the toy shop. Far away in the city is a big house called St. Agnes'. A little 6-year-old girl with straight hair cut in a fringe with blue eyes and a turned-up nose lived there. No lady or gentleman has come to get her for Christmas. Ivy said that she didn't care and that she was going to visit her grandma in Appleton. Miss Shepherd said "you haven't got a grandma so I am sending you to the country to our infants home. She put Ivy on a train with a note that said this pinned to her coat. Ivy ripped off the note. She got off the train at the next stop that said A.p..tn. Ivy couldn't read very well but she knew A was for Appleton. She forgot her suitcase on the train. Mrs. Jones was spending Christmas eve with Mr. Jones. She was wishing there were toys and a little girl to spend Christmas with. The doll Holly and the other toys were sad that it was Christmas Eve. and The doll Holly and the other toys were sad that it was Christmas Eve. and no one had boughten them. Ivy found a warm place to sleep in a shed. When she awoke she came around a corner and there in the Toyshop window was Holly. Ivy mad a wish to have Holly for her doll. At the same time Holly wished for Ivy to be her new owner. Will Ivy be united with Holly? Will they both find a forever home? This book was originally published in a Women's Day magazine in 1957.
Indig08 More than 1 year ago
There are two versions published of this loving take. One is the version most aptly suited for children 8 years and older, and a paperback version with pictures and a shortened story which is more suitable to children under the age of 6. This is a wonderful and heartwarming story of a young child and a doll. Because of her life in countries other than the U.S., the story has a wonderful flavor, which reflects Ms. Goddens expansive lifestyle.
luanne613 More than 1 year ago
I remember this book from when I was a child, I used to read it over and over! It got into a box of books at a garage sale just about 7 years ago I was heartbroken to realize it was sold! (it was probably about 40 years old!) I think I may just have to buy myself an early Christmas gift this year~!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am thrilled to see that this book has been reissued. It is truly a holiday classic. Every year I read it aloud to my children when they were growing up, and now, every year I read it aloud to the third graders in the school where I work. When I come to the end, the room is filled with smiling faces. It gives a particular boost to those children who themselves have joined their families through adoption.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that will never find itself in a giveaway pile at my house. I have read it at Christmas every year since I was a little girl, and I haven't gotten tired of it yet!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dude, this is the best book ever! My teacher read it to us when i was in about first grade and she was crying so hard that the art teacher had to finish reading it! I really love this book. I can remember everything about it, and i still love it now that i am twelve years old! I'm gonna read it to my niece when she can comprehend it. She'll love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was such an amazing book. I remember I read this in 3rd grade and I have loved the book ever since. Its such a heart-felt book to this day still fills me with joy to read. The story with the holidays makes it even better. Its a book that everyone should read at least once and shows the real meaning of christmas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was a little girl, I think about 1st grade, I got this book from my school library. I brought it home and my mom read it to me. The next year I made sure to do the same. This continues till I reached middle school and by that time I no longer cared. Now, as I am a junior in college, I have been looking for this book to share a great tradition with my niece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most wonderful books I`ve red!! Every christmas we had red this story, since I was a little child. It`s a very nice christmastradition.