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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. For a challenge I needed a book set during Christmas, and this was my choice. I had read and enjoyed another book by John Kendrick Bangs last year, so when I saw this title at Gutenberg, I was pretty sure I would have some nice stories to read and I was not disappointed. Written in , the four stories here take place in New York City.
The mix of tension, humor and the joy of the season is perfect in each story. These are not religious tales, the main theme of the entire Christmas in June? These are not religious tales, the main theme of the entire book is more the Spirit of Santa Claus, that infinite, loving generosity the Jolly Old Elf is known for throughout the world.
I really liked them all, but my favorite and the one that got me misty-eyed was Santa Claus And Little Billee. Five-year old Little Billee was in a department store with his mother, who told him to wait for her by the toy display while she went off to run a quick errand somewhere else in the store. But he was not as interested in looking at the toys as she thought he would be so he wandered away and in the crush of all the shoppers got swept out into the street. He walks around awhile, then tries to find his way back to the store, but has no idea where it is.
Then Little Billee sees Santa Claus and he knows he is not 'losted' anymore, because of course Santa will know where Billee's house is and will be able to take him there.
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But does Santa really know? And if not, how can he find out without destroying Little Billee's faith in him? I will definitely be reading this again in December The good old Saint is everywhere Along life's busy way Hetherington is the unimaginative, skeptical man regarding Santa Claus; until one day he swaps his clothes with Santa's.
Meeting with children helps change to happen. I nede some noo shues and a hatt and my lasst dol babys all wore out and sum candy if you can work it in sumhow, not havin had much since popper lost his jobb, and jimmies only gott one mitt left and his shues is wore throo like mine is only a little worser, and a baseball batt and hed like sum candy to. It is a true picture of the times when 6 year old boys sold newspapers on the corner and slept on the streets.
Heartrending, but heartwarming at the same time. Spirit of Christmas prevails throughout. Free on my Kindle, so glad I took advantage of a wonderful read. I suppose dated - but no more than Dickens which means they are timeless. Worth a reread as full of moralistic and hopeful Christmas cheer - worth a read certainly.
Dec 22, Jill rated it it was amazing. This was a really great little book. The stories were very much in the spirit of Christmas, and the poems were a real pleasure to read. I will probably try and remember to read this again when future Christmases come around. I would think older children may enjoy having the stories and poems read to them. Dec 22, Amanda Harris rated it it was amazing. Collection of short stories and poems about Christmas. May 13, Laurel Hicks rated it liked it Shelves: Four short stories and some poems by John Kendrick Bangs.
This is a lovely little book comprising a number of short stories and poems all in the spirit of Christmas. Each of the stories focuses on the real meaning of Christmas - good will to all men and helping those less fortunate than yourself. Each one really makes you think about what you can give to others and the things that are really important.
Although very short, each story is complete, we get to understand the characters and their social status - something which is important in this book and This is a lovely little book comprising a number of short stories and poems all in the spirit of Christmas. Although very short, each story is complete, we get to understand the characters and their social status - something which is important in this book and reflects the time - and the moral is really clear.
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It's a lovely little quick read and very apt for this time of year. Dec 26, Derek rated it did not like it. These stories were a bit too sappy for me and without a lot of substance. There is one particular moment that sticks out to me: Military combat is super Christmas-y! Nov 28, kelley rated it liked it Shelves: This antiquated work was first published in and contains four short Christmas stories. I listened to them while I baked my holiday pies. The stories were interesting and each contained a main character or characters that performed a good deed at Christmas time. Must redeem within 90 days.
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