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Friday, December 30, 2016

#Book #Review: 2 out of 5 stars for A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

AUTHOR: Dylan Thomas 
ILLUSTRATOR: Trina Schart Hyman
PUBLISHER: Holiday House
PUBLICATION DATE: September 1, 1985 (first published 1952)
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 48 pages
GENRE: Classics, Holiday/Christmas, Childrens
ISBN: 0823405656
A lost but not forgotten childhood is evoked in this nostalgic recollection that endures as one of the most beloved Christmas stories of all time.

Trina Schart Hyman's sensitive illustrations reflect the joy and magic of a special day in the youth of Dylan Thomas.


I was really looking forward to reading this Christmas classic, but it did not live up to my expectations.

Dylan Thomas is a new-to-me author and Welsh poet. In this classic, he recounts the Christmases that he spent in Wales as a child. It wasn’t at all what I expected, and I found it rather boring. The most amusing part of the story was when “…Auntie Hannah, who liked port, stood in the middle of the snowbound back yard, singing like a big-bosomed thrush.” Later on towards the end of the book, he writes “Auntie Hannah, who had got on to the parsnip wine, sang a song about Bleeding Hearts and Death, and then another in which she said her heart was like a Bird’s Nest; and then everybody laughed again; and then I went to bed.” All I really gained from this story was that Auntie Hannah liked to drink! I was looking for something really heartwarming, and this wasn't it.


2 stars!! Meh, it was just "okay."

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