THE CHRISTMAS MAGIC-WAGON by June Behrens

THE CHRISTMAS MAGIC-WAGON

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In insipid dialogue, acts and scenes so that their story can be either acted out or read through, the Jason family who run the Parkville general store in 1900 recite one seasonal piety after another as they prepare to ""make Christmas"" for all the Gibson Road families wiped out by last month's flood. And so Pa, Ma, Grandma, Grandpa, Dan, Julie and Amy load up the wagon with homemade preserves, mittens, corn shuck dolls, whittled dogs and some hickory nuts. Then, as the others tell a waiting Ma and Grandma on their return, the magic that comes ""when you give from the heart"" begins to happen: as the wagon is unloaded the pile of goodies never grows smaller and in fact it's full when the self-made Santas return--thus aptly rewarded for having ""no thought of getting anything back."" Illustrated with five and dime nostalgia to suit the hand-me-down sentiments.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1975
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Children's Press