41 Stories: 150th Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics). Since I first read this in the 7th grade it has been a favorite - I love his twists at the end of his short stories! I have yet to see accurate illustrations with unabridged text. I don't like the dramatized audio versions, either, as I think they tend to do the work of the imagination for the listener.
|A Tree for Peter, written and illustrated by Kate Seredy|
I didn't have time to read it the next day to the kids. I left it and my m-i-l, who is also ill, read it straight through to my littles. The dj reads, "This is a modern miracle, through which sad and beaten houses grew white and neat and shining, and desolate, hopeless people found that love and hope can still move mountains. Here are no saints and angels; just an unknown tramp, an Irish cop, a small boy , and City Hall, but Shantytown became Peter's Landing and faith was reborn."
This is a favorite quote from the book -
"That Christmas night their hearts, closed for so long against love and laughter, had opened in the song they sang together; their eyes, used only to ugliness, had seen beauty that night and wanted more."
From joy to joy,
Here are some past posts where I mention some other Christmas titles:
-What to Read For Christmas
-Good King Wenceslas
-The Canticle of the Bees