THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS by Philemon Sturges


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In a singsong rhyme Sturges (Ten Flashing Fireflies, p. 640, etc.) chronicles the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings of Christmas: ""Scented candles, smoke from the fire;/ Wet wool mittens getting drier."" He sometimes stretches for the rhyme or waxes a bit sentimental, but the overall effect is festive. The book ends with a reference to the Nativity and the gift of love that Christmas brings. Berry's busy, colorful illustrations have a 1940s feel and are reminiscent of Virginia Lee Burton's classics. Set off with decorative borders, each picture is full of detail--a bustling tree lot, a table cluttered with baking paraphernalia, children sliding outdoors, then warming their toes fireside. Berry demonstrates a compelling design sensibility, employing various angles and perspectives. The faces of her people lapse into cartoons at times, but most of the scenes and objects are lovely in this sensory celebration of Christmas for the young.

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1995
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: North-South