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by Tomie dePaola & illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-399-24622-3
Publisher: Putnam

DePaola offers a montage of Christmas memories from his earliest days as a toddler in a high chair, captured in home movies, right up to his current celebrations in his home in New Hampshire. He includes memories of family parties in his childhood home on Fairmount Avenue, helping out in a candy shop and a special Christmas when he received a full complement of art supplies to nurture his budding talent. Each stage of his life is captured with glimpses of his Christmas celebrations: singing in high school concerts, shopping as an art student in New York City and preparing for the holiday as a young novice at a Benedictine monastery in Vermont. Other chapters describe his time as a grad student in San Francisco, a visit to Santa Fe and a Christmas in New York as an adult. Full-page illustrations of holiday subjects in dePaola’s distinctive style alternate with spot illustrations of Christmas scenes, with a polka-dot border accenting the pages. While the stories from his childhood will interest younger readers, most of the volume will be of more interest to dePaola’s adult fans and those doing author studies. (Nonfiction. 10-adult)