Ruth Manning-Sanders' calendar of festivals includes Shrove Tuesday, All-Souls' Day, Saint George's Day and even the...

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Ruth Manning-Sanders' calendar of festivals includes Shrove Tuesday, All-Souls' Day, Saint George's Day and even the ""August Bank Holiday"" from Dylan Thomas' Quite Early One Morning, and this bright, crowded sampler of short poems, superstitions and prose pieces -- by Herrick, Donne, and Tennyson, Laura Ingalls Wilder, E. F. Lattimore and Astrid Lindgren -- has the air of a noisy heterogeneous party. Many of the selections are literary reminiscences full of nostalgia for old-fashioned holiday customs, and even though Manning-Sanders has added some Cornish folk tales of her own, mood tends to overbalance substance. Richard Cobbold's menu for ""Harvest Supper in the 18th Century,"" the Dylan Thomas trip to the beach and P. L. Travers' ""The Fifth of November"" are among the obvious challenges for the storyteller; and anyone who finds holidays an occasion for reading aloud will relish the sensuous delights of ""smoking puddings, plain and plum,"" the nostalgia of ""Susan's Christmas Stocking"" and the high-spirited humor of Norman Hunter's ""Pancake Day at Great Pagwell.

Pub Date: July 23, 1973

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Page Count: -

Publisher: Dutton

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1973