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Title:
Believe : Christmas treasury
Author:
Engelbreit, Mary.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Kansas City : Andrews McMeel Publ., [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
159 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
Includes indexes.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780836267624
Format :
Book

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Central Library PN6084.C52 E54 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Holiday
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Summary

Summary

This book helps you to believe in your self just like Christmas.


Author Notes

Mary Engelbreit had her first success as an illustrator of greeting cards in the late 1970s. She formed her own greeting card company in early 1980s after becoming impatient with the process of working in the greeting card industry as an independent contractor.

Engelbreit's style depicts simple scenes in intricate detail, with amusing quotes to distinguish them. Successful in greeting cards, her business soon expanded to include Engelbreit's popular art on tee shirts, mugs, calendars and gift books, to name a few. Engelbreit has also published many books illustrating crafts such as quilting and decorating. In 1993 she illustrated The Snow Queen by Hans Christen Andersen, fulfilling a lifelong dream of being an illustrator of children's books.

Mary Engelbreit was born in 1952 in St. Louis, where she lives today.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Stories about Christmas often have a magical quality, enabling them to transcend time--whether set in the 1800s or modern day, the virtues and lessons ring true. All of these books are touched a bit by that kind of magic. Wheeler's latest addition to his Christmas in My Heart series contains many perfect examples. From the story about the little orphan boy who simply longs for an end to his loneliness to the one about the grandmother who, in the midst of grief, goes from store to store trying to find a certain doll for her granddaughter as a gift promised by the child's recently deceased mother, each extols its own tender message. The writing style of many of the now-deceased authors is definitely not subtle, yet the heavy-handedness can be easily overlooked because the results are quite charming. If this volume doesn't evoke holiday spirit in even the most belligerent Scrooge, nothing will. Roberts' collection is quite unusual. Rather than compiling fictional pieces, the editor has assembled brief--often a page or less--reminiscences and an occasional poem or haiku from various Welsh authors. Separated chronologically into memories from Advent to Christmas, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day to Epiphany, each contribution offers a glimpse of Welsh customs. Many submissions are refreshingly candid and often humorous, occasionally using the holiday simply as a backdrop to recall a bizarre family member or beloved town landmark. The authors, charming with their cockney-like tone, veer from tradition to tell it like it was in all its often bawdy splendor. Touching on a variety of topics, from the turkey dinner to the Mari Lwyd, Christmas in Wales succeeds in being both entertaining and educational. Mary Engelbreit's art, recognizable by cherubic faces and fanciful detailing, has graced everything from calendars to home decor. This year, not content with mere greeting cards, Engelbreit has compiled a wide range of favorite holiday verses to produce this beautiful keepsake. Consolidating carols, poetry, fables, an occasional religious passage, and annals of holiday customs from around the world, and literally overflowing with vibrant illustrations printed on gilt-edged paper, this collection is aptly named. There is no doubt that countless hours were spent not only on the artwork but also in choosing the contents and arranging the segments in a way that effortlessly melds the old with the new. Not a detail was left to chance--even the various fonts seem to have been selected purposefully for easy reading while maintaining a whimsical feel. (Although normally unaffected by Engelbreit's work, I was absolutely overwhelmed by this imaginative and utterly enthralling collection.) Jenkins' sentimental novel is about Noella, an unfailingly optimistic journalism professor at Northwestern University who meets and soon falls in love with Tom, an extreme pessimist and a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. To the surprise of Tom's coworkers, his harsh views of the world are slowly mellowed as he catches glimpses of life through Noella's rose-colored glasses. Things seem too good to be true until Noella reveals her sincere belief in Santa Claus and offers what she swears is proof of his existence. Unfortunately, Tom can't set aside his cynicism, and despite their attempts, the relationship falters. But then Tom takes a journalistic excursion to Germany to write about the origin of Christmas traditions and the holiday's mascot--Kris Kringle. A fun story that will enchant even those who don't believe in Santa. As a special feature for the final issue of Si magazine, its editor, Joie Davidow, enticed popular Latino authors to share their Christmas memories. The resulting stories were not always the joyful sketches of holiday celebrations she expected but often more complex, displaying a wide range of feelings. Expanding on that idea, Davidow and Santiago appealed to an even larger group of Latino authors, from several Spanish-speaking countries, for Las Christmas. A few stories tell of how a family's holiday celebrations evolved after their immigration to the U.S., a few mention much anticipated visits from Santa or the three wise men (from the Feast of the Epiphany), and a few more evoke feelings of hunger by describing holiday delicacies (recipes are included). As diverse as the authors themselves, every story is richly fulfilling and offers many variations on a common theme. Despite its Latin focus, Las Christmas does not discriminate but rather captivates readers regardless of their heritage. Pearson's little book is about Annabelle Perkins. Annabelle, unmarried and simple living, has dreamed about visiting Bethlehem on Christmas and delivering to the baby Jesus a gift of a bronze lamb figurine given to Annabelle when she was a child. One day she realizes that she is not getting any younger and her diseased heart isn't getting any better, and plans are set in motion. Annabelle makes a small deposit on a no-frills trip to the Holy land and picks up an extra shift each week at the little cafewhere she works. The nest egg builds slowly, enabling her to deliver her gift to Jesus, albeit not the one she originally intended. This modern-day fable is packed with symbolism about unexpected sacrifice, the power of faith, and the beauty of giving. Its brevity facilitates reading it aloud, perhaps to a classroom of students or even at family gatherings. Since the death of his parents, Will Martin was raised by his grandparents. After his grandfather unexpectedly passes away, Will must return to the small town to oversee the successful business the elder Martin bequeathed to him. Constant reminders of his grandfather as a kind and highly respected gentleman bring back memories that both sadden and bolster him as he introduces the business and its employees to the 1990s. When his grieving grandmother makes a peculiar Christmas wish--for Will to find the woman his grandfather visited each Christmas Eve (as confessed in the gentleman's journal)--Will begins to question his grandfather's integrity. The Christmas Wish is by title a holiday story but by content a profound message about the strength of forgiveness. Scheduled for release on audiotape and also as a television movie, this story by Utah representative Richard Siddoway will undoubtedly reach and touch many people. --Toni Hyde


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