A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
(New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards))

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Fifty years after its first publication in book form, Dylan Thomas's timeless prose poem is echoed by the rolling, evocative images of Caldecott Honor artist Chris Raschka — a beautiful gift for book lovers.

Bring out the tall tales now that we told by the fire as the gaslight bubbled like a diver. . . .

There are always Uncles at Christmas. And Aunts, of course, who might sing a little loudly after dinner. There are the neighborhood cats "sleek and long as jaguars and horrible-whiskered," the carols to sing at eerie houses, the Useful Presents and the Useless Presents, and the endless snow "shawling out of the ground." First published in HARPER'S BAZAAR some fifty years ago, A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES showcases Dylan Thomas's genius for language and remains the poet's most popular prose work in the United States. Chris Raschka's fluid torn-paper illustrations honor the poet's words, evoking their musical cadences and bringing us a fresh appreciation for this most lyric work.
 

About Dylan Thomas

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Dylan Thomas is lauded as one of the greatest of the twentieth-century poets. Born in Swansea, Wales, in 1914, he became a journalist at seventeen and published his controversial EIGHTEEN POEMS in 1934, which made him an overnight success. Dylan Thomas was markedly influential in his short life and produced work that remains wildly popular today, including the bitter and poignant "Do not go gentle into that good night" and the strikingly dramatic Under Milk Wood. Dylan Thomas died in 1953. A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES remains one of his best known works, and many families count a rousing reading of the poem among their favorite holiday traditions.Chris Raschka is the illustrator of many picture books, including the concrete poetry anthology A POKE IN THE I, edited by Paul B. Janeczko, which was named a NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Children's Book. He is also the author-illustrator of the Caldecott Honor Book YO! YES?, and has been hailed by PUBLISHERS WEEKLY as"one of the most original illustrators at work today."
 
Published January 11, 2009 by New Directions. 48 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Non-fiction

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Luscious illustrations form a perfect match to the rolling language of the Christmas classic.

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The New York Times

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That is certainly what he has done for ''A Child's Christmas in Wales.'' Raschka's illustrations are not an illumination of the story so much as a response to it, and perhaps to the music that lies within all of Dylan Thomas's writing.

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The Guardian

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Buy it from Buy the CD Stan Tracey Quartet A Child's Christmas - Jazz Suite Resteamed 2011 It's hard to imagine the legendary octogenarian pianist Stan Tracey getting all misty-eyed about ...

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Denver Post

The cast members weave the tapestry of Thomas' childhood Swansea, variously portraying the random uncles that come out of the woodwork every year for Christmas dinner, the queasy family dog, the kooky aunts gathered around the piano singing old songs and, of course, Thomas himself, as an adult an...

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Common Sense Media

Dylan Thomas, one of the greatest of the English-language poets, writes in a prose style that highlights the pleasure of words, words, glorious words, phrases that fill the mouth and the mind, and images that, like soap bubbles, amuse, delight, then disappear as the next one arrives.

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Ken Greenleaf

One entire short story from "Portrait of the Artist As a Young Dog" is read by David Tessier toward the end as an entertaining yarn, though it might have been more effective through Gleadow, since it is largely autobiographical.

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TheaterMania

Against a pretty backdrop of brightly lit Christmas trees and wreaths, five very talented actors and singers -- Kerry Conte, Simon Jones, Victoria Mallory, Martin Vidnovic and Ashley Robinson -- sing a cornucopia of Christmas tunes, both traditional and contemporary, as they narrate writer Dylan ...

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TheaterMania

(© Carol Rosegg)A Child's Christmas in Wales, now at the Irish Repertory Theatre, takes Dylan Thomas' classic short story about his family's holiday celebrations and adds a variety of classic Christmas songs, as well as originals by adapter/director Charlotte Moore, resulting in 70 festive minute...

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