Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Review of Home for Christmas-Stories for Young and Old

Home for Christmas -Stories for Young and Old
This book has 20 short stories for the Christmas season. I felt  some books were not for the very young but an older child of 10 or more could read this with the family and discuss the contents. The stories could be read one or two at a time. Before each story, there is a woodcut illustration in black and white which helps identify the story. Some of the stories are European so many I have not heard. I especially liked the Miraculous Staircase and I slightly recall reading this years ago.
The list of stories are:
Brother Robber by Helene Christaller
Three Young Kings by Gorge Summer Albee
Transfiguration by Madeleine L' Engle
The Cribmaker's Trip to Heaven by Reimmichl
The Guest by Nikolai S. Lesskov
Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck
The Other Wise Man by Henry van Dyke
The Miraculous Staircase by Arthur Gordon
No Room at the Inn by Katherine Peterson
The Chess Player by Ger Koopman
The Christmas Lie by Dorothy Thomas
The Riders of St. Nicholas by Jack Schaefer
Grandfather's Stories by Ernst  Wiechert
The Vexation of Barney Hatch by B. J. Chute
The Empty Cup by Opal Menius
The Well of the Star by Elizabeth Goudge
A Certain Small Shepherd by Rebecca Caudill
The Carpenter's Christmas by Peter K. Rosegger
What the King's Brought by Ruth Sawyer
The Christmas Rose by Selma Lagerlof
On page 335 there is a page of acknowledgements for the stories and when they were published. This is also a great way for the children and adults to learn about authors together.
The book was published by Plough Publishing House.
Complied by Miriam Le Blanc
Illustrated by David G. Klein
David G Klein is an illustrator for advertising, institutional, editorial and books whose work has appeared for Grey Advertising, Saatchi and Saatchi, NYT, WSJ, Business Week, Forbes, DC Comics, Marvel, Random House Books, Tor Books, Franklin Press
He is acknowledged through such awards as:
Society of Illustrators
Society of Newspaper Designers
Society of Publication Designers
He has Authored:
"The Paper Shtetl"
"The Golem's Voice"
I received a complimentary copy from Plough Publishers to read and review. The opinions are my own.

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