Title: A Child's Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, 47 pages
Publisher: Holiday House, 1985. Original publisher: New Directions, 1954
This Christmas classic is worth a read, but a lot depends on the illustrator, as it really is a picture book. Thomas's poetic prose is beautiful, and evokes a long-past childhood that seems just a little bit magical, with a touch of humor (Auntie Hannah!). Somehow, over all these years, I'd never actually read this (despite the fact that it took about 20 minutes, tops!), and it's a shame. I would have enjoyed sharing this with my boys when they were little.
I have to admit that I'm not crazy about the illustrations in the edition I read (the first on the left above). The landscape and village structures--those are great. The people are a little odd, though, and kind of scary. I'd like to see the original. But this is what our library has, so it's what I read.
Wander down to your bookstore, check out the different editions, and pick one that you like to add to your collection of holiday traditional reads!
Disclaimer: I checked A Child's Christmas in Wales out from my local public library, and received nothing from the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed herein are my own and those of no one else.
And so. . . A Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!