THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION by Susan Hill

THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 5 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

 This single-author holiday anthology fairly drips with sugary nostalgia for a storybook version of an English Christmas. A novella, set in the late 1940s, portrays the young daughter of a poor seamstress trying to keep Christmas while her mother lies ill with pneumonia (the local gentry save the day with a hamper of Christmas treats); another reminisces about an Edwardian Christmas at an Anglican parsonage where, after holly-laden festivities, the young daughter pays pastoral calls with Papa, bearing a hamper of Christmas goodies. One short story describes a boy's breathless sledding on a longed-for white Christmas; another is about a lonely old widower who finds an abandoned baby on Christmas Eve and takes it to a hospital, where it is laid lovingly in the annual cräche scene. A final, tedious poem listens to a litany of animals echoing a message on midnight Christmas Eve, summoning all to a wondrous stable scene. Long on misty-eyed description, short on plot and character development, Hill's (King of Kings, 1993, etc.) treacly tales are illustrated with unappealing dark woodcuts, many of them too small. (Fiction. 5+)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1994
ISBN: 1-56402-341-9
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Candlewick
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 1994




MORE BY SUSAN HILL

ChildrenLASSIE COME-HOME by Susan Hill
by Susan Hill
ChildrenRUBY’S PERFECT DAY by Susan Hill
by Susan Hill
ChildrenRUBY PAINTS A PICTURE by Susan Hill
by Susan Hill
ChildrenRUBY BAKES A CAKE by Susan Hill
by Susan Hill

MORE BY JOHN LAWRENCE

ChildrenONCE UPON A TIME IN THE NORTH by Philip Pullman
by Philip Pullman
ChildrenSEA HORSE by Chris Butterworth
by Chris Butterworth
ChildrenTINY’S BIG ADVENTURE by Martin Waddell
by Martin Waddell
ChildrenTHIS LITTLE CHICK by John Lawrence
by John Lawrence