A COBTOWN CHRISTMAS by Julia Van Nutt

A COBTOWN CHRISTMAS

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Age Range: 4 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

A nostalgic look at an time gone by, this winsome Christmas tale is suffused with warmth and glad tidings. The diary of Lucky Hart tells of the miraculous events of Christmas, 1945, following some bleak days, when a lost blind man speaking a foreign language shows up in town, a curiously exhausted stray dog appears, and the pump organ is broken, which means that Lucky won’t be able to sing the much anticipated “Cobtown Hymn.” The blind man and his dog are reunited, and he plays the hymn on his musical bells. The Van Nutts, through Lucky’s observations of the townspeople and their preparations for the holiday, skillfully evoke a sense of daily life during this period. Clippings of recipes, railroad tickets, and whimsical sketches from the diary’s pages contribute to the sense of realism. The December 24th edition of The Cobtown Observer printed on the front and back inside covers provides engaging anecdotes with a period feel for readers to peruse. The illustrations depicting a quaint village and homespun entertainments—e.g., a skating party—breathe life into Cobtown and its inhabitants. A generous slice of Americana. (Picture book. 4-10)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-385-32556-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Doubleday
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1998




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