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THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS by Barbara Cooney

THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS

By Barbara Cooney (Author) , Loretta Krupinski (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 9

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 1995
ISBN: 0-06-023433-4
Publisher: HarperCollins

This revision of Cooney's Christmas (1967) is aimed at a religiously diverse audience. The word Christian has been all but eliminated; the New Testament quotations have been omitted. Herod's charge to the Wise Men, the Slaughter of the Innocents, and the Flight into Egypt are gone. What remains is a good brief history of ancient midwinter festivals and how they became melded with the Christian celebration. Present-day European and American customs are described (Santa's visits are presented as fact); end matter includes a recipe and directions for making a clove-studded orange and a pinecone bird feeder. Krupinski's pretty illustrations are appropriately nostalgic. Institutions concerned about the religious content of their materials will be comfortable with this presentation; Christian readers may find it somewhat blunt. (Picture book. 6-9)