The Kingfisher Book of Classic Christmas Stories

The Kingfisher Book of Classic Christmas Stories

by Ian Whybrow (Compiler)


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Share the joy of Christmas with The Kingfisher Book of Classic Christmas Stories. This magical collection captures the spirit of the season in 14 timeless tales, bringing together favorite stories, extracts from classic literature, and lively retellings of traditional legends. Award-winning author Ian Whybrow has written short, spirited introductions that set the scene for the different tales and reflect on Christmas customs around the world. Each selection is lavishly illustrated by a leading contemporary artist in a style that beautifully complements the story's mood and style. This is the perfect collection for the whole family to share. Younger readers will enjoy hearing the stories read aloud and meeting characters such as St. Nicholas, the Three Wise Men, and the Nutcracker for the first time. Older children can read the stories on their own and will relish the rich language of favorite authors such as Louisa May Alcott, Charles Dickens, Kenneth Grahame, and L. M. Montgomery. Certain to be treasured for years to come, this glorious anthology can be revisited again each Christmas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780753412930
Publisher: Kingfisher
Publication date: 11/06/2006
Edition description: NEW

About the Author

Ian Whybrow is an award-winning children's book author whose titles include Sammy and the Dinosaurs, Quacky, Quack, Quack, and A Baby for Grace.

Table of Contents

The First Christmas9
Old Pierre's Christmas Visitors--A French legend19
The Elves and the Shoemaker--A German fairy tale27
A Very Big Cat--A Norse legend33
Becky's Christmas Dream41
The Nutcracker51
Christmas Every Day63
The Cratchits' Christmas Dinner (from A Christmas Carol)75
Aunt Cyrilla's Christmas Basket83
Christmas at Mole End (from The Wind in the Willows)99
A Gift from the Heart--A Mexican legend109
The Legend of St. Nicholas--A Dutch tale117
Befana and the Three Wise Men--An Italian legend123
The Fir Tree--A Scandinavian fairy tale131
Notes on the Authors142

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