JOY TO THE WORLD by Ruth Sawyer


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From the very well-known author/storyteller--a spread of six unusual and varied Christmas stories from five nations, each introduced by an appropriate carol. The Arabian "The Two Lambs" is a gentle vision of the Nativity. "This is the Christmas," from Serbia is the most touching story, about a blind boy who was not permitted to enter the church because of his gypsy origins. The Irish fairytale "The Precious Herbs of Christmas" tells of a boy who overcomes his fear of the dark to save his mother's life. The least successful is the "What the Three Kings Brought," described as "A Personal Christmas Story" and told in the author's first person about an impoverished Spanish boy who was given his wishes on Christmas; it lacks the legendary quality and as a result seems overly sentimental. "San Froilan of the Wilderness" was the Spanish Saint who tamed the wolf who killed his donkey, and "The Miracle of Saint Cumgall" is the Irish legend of the friar who was rescued by the mouse he had befriended. The narrations are well done, each picking up the appropriate national tone. Storytellers and teachers on the lookout for a new Christmas story will find this easy to read aloud, and several of the selections would be easily adaptable for dramatization in holiday pageants. The delicate black and brown ink drawings by Trina Schart Hyman incorporate attractive peasant stylization, but are secondary to the text.
Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1966
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1966


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