This Way to Christmas by Ruth Sawyer
(Yesterday's Classics)

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Stranded in upstate New York with just seven days to go until Christmas, a lonesome boy comes up with an ingenious way to bring Christmas to the equally lonesome inhabitants of his small mountain community, all of whom were spending the winter far from home. Visiting each in turn, David befriends his neighbors and delights in hearing the Christmas stories they share with him, stories they heard in their homelands long ago. A final celebration brings all the neighbors of different nationalities together, forging relationships that will outlast the holiday season and sending a message of hope to a war-torn world. Suitable for ages 9 and up.
 

About Ruth Sawyer

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Ruth Sawyer (1880-1970) is one of America's most distinguished and honored children's book authors and storytellers. She is particularly well known for her Irish-inspired folktales, especially those centered around Christmas. Ruth Sawyer was awarded the 1937 Newbery Medal for ROLLER SKATES, and in 1954, JOURNEY CAKE, HO!, illustrated by her son-in-law, Robert McCloskey, was a Caldecott Honor recipient. Ruth Sawyer received the prestigious Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal in 1965 for her substantial and lasting contributions to children's literature. Max Grafe, the illustrator of OLD COYOTE by Nancy Wood and THE EYE OF THE WOLF by Daniel Pennac, is a printmaker, painter, and illustrator. Of his images for THE WEE CHRISTMAS CABIN OF CARN-NA-WEEN, he says, "I tried to capture Oona's struggle to overcome life's obstacles. I admired her unfaltering hope that she would one day be granted a cabin of her very own. The wee folk, who bring a magical touch to the tale, were an instant attraction for me when I first read this story.
 
Published December 2, 2010 by Yesterday's Classics. 175 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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