On Christmas Eve: Reissue

Peter Collington, Author Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers $14.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-679-80830-5
``This book is dedicated to chimneyless children everywhere,'' reads this book's copyright page--the only words in the entire, captivating story. Collington ( Little Pickle ; The Angel and the Soldier Boy ) has chosen instead to illustrate his fanciful twist on a familiar tale with 140 pictures--each delightful on its own, and positively enchanting in sum. Having penned her letter to Santa, a girl goes to sleep on Christmas Eve--and the magic begins. A tiny fairy confiscates the letter and, finding the door key, admits a band of her winged colleagues. Using candles from the tree, they form a radiant runway for a grizzled St. Nick, who enters via the front door and ascends a candle-lit staircase. As the fairy leader checks off the items, Santa diligently unpacks the requested presents and then trudges off into gently falling snow. The muted tones and intricately lined figures imbue this holiday fantasy with a comforting, old-fashioned flavor. Like the exhausted fairy, seen in the final painting sprawled in an armchair in her tree-trunk aerie, children will believe that this holiday mission has been splendidly performed--ditto Collington's accomplishment. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/29/1990
Release date: 09/01/1990
Hardcover - 978-0-679-86725-8
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-0-679-90830-2
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