AN EDWARDIAN CHRISTMAS by John S.--lllus. Goodall


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This latest of Goodall's wordless picture books is storyless as well. As in An Edwardian Summer (1976), which features the same two children, Goodall contents himself with picturing the innocent joys of family holidays in a spacious house maintained by a large, merrily bustling staff. But the festivities soon pall for onlookers, who might expect to find a suggestion of drama or anecdote but instead meet only one happy scene after another: the ever-smiling, never-wilting participants gather greenery, trim the pulpit at church and the tree at home, dine, play, ride to hounds, ice skate, dance at a masked ball, watch a stage performance (from box seats of course), and more. But even viewers who never got enough of Upstairs, Downstairs will feel overstuffed by the end of this unvaryingly joyous vacation.

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 1978
Publisher: Atheneum