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Nov 07 2014

Everything I need to know about Christmas I learned from a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow

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Random House, 2014. ISBN 9780553497359
Christmas is coming and there is so much to do: Cooking, cleaning, battling the crowds, making decorations, going carolling . . . but there's another side as well.
This is an unusual book, if not unique. Diane Muldrow has captured the lead-up to Christmas perfectly, but the charm of the book comes in its illustrations. For each page is a page from a classic Little Golden Book of the past. Favourite characters such as the Pokey Little Puppy, The Gingerbread Man, and many others, offer valuable seasonal advice for having a happy holiday. Each is referenced to its original source - a story published between 1942 and 1964 - and takes the reader on a wonderful nostalgia trip (if they're my vintage) or suggests a story that younger readers might like to explore, perhaps with their parents or grandparents who are more likely to be familiar with them.
If nothing else, it gives younger readers a glimpse into a previous time, the stories enjoyed then and the lifestyle led.
Barbara Braxton

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