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Title:
Christmas in the country
Author:
Rylant, Cynthia.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Blue Sky Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
A girl reflects on Christmas at her grandparents home in the country, with its fresh-cut tree, handmade ornaments, gifts from Santa, and special church services.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 630 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 71256.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 2 Quiz: 30875 Guided reading level: K.
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ISBN:
9780439073349
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

On the 20th anniversary of their first collaboration, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant and Caldecott Honor artist Diane Goode reunite for a story about the joy and warmth of Christmastime.

Cynthia Rylant returns to her Appalachian roots in this story of a young girl who lives with her grandparents in the country. As in her very first book, WHEN I WAS YOUNG IN THE MOUNTAINS (for which illustrator Diane Goode received a Caldecott Honor), Rylant evokes the warmth of the joyful Christmas season and celebrates the greatest gift of all--the love of family. Diane Goode's cheerful watercolors capture the festivities of the season, from Christmas trees loaded with homemade ornaments to the snow-covered countryside. A warm, evocative portrait of a loving family and a favorite season.


Author Notes

Cynthia Rylant was born on June 6, 1954 in Hopewell, Virginia. She attended and received degrees at Morris Harvey College, Marshall University, and Kent State University.

Rylant worked as an English professor and at the children's department of a public library, where she first discovered her love of children's literature.

She has written more than 100 children's books in English and Spanish, including works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her novel Missing May won the 1993 Newbery Medal and A Fine White Dust was a 1987 Newbery Honor book. Rylant wrote A Kindness, Soda Jerk, and A Couple of Kooks and Other Stories, which were named as Best Book for Young Adults. When I was Young in the Mountains and The Relatives Came won the Caldecott Award.

She has many popular picture books series, including Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby and High-Rise Private Eyes. (Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K^-Gr. 2. Simple poetic words and soft watercolor illustrations outlined in scratchy black depict a girl's celebration, complete with idyllic memories of dusty ornaments in boxes; cold, white snow under pale blue skies and the unconditional love of grandparents. While Grandfather chops a tree in the woods, the girl helps Grandmother get the boxes of ornaments from the closet ("Each ornament reminded me of my whole life"). Family holiday traditions include Christmas services in the Baptist church; cookies for Santa, opening presents (some anticipated, some a surprise); the holiday feast; and taking the tree outside and preparing to start another year. More quietly joyful than jubilant and celebratory, this nostalgic memory of a country Christmas evokes the simple gifts of yesteryear. Adults who spent holidays in the country will remember favorite Christmases past. --Diane Foote


Publisher's Weekly Review

Rylant and Goode return to some of the themes of their first collaboration, When I Was Young in the Mountains, for this evocative picture book about the simple things that make one girl's Christmas special. Rylant's idyllic subjects-enjoying cocoa and cookies, decorating the house and tree, singing at church-are as cozy as a kitchen warmed by a coal stove. Chipper ink-and-watercolor compositions, enhanced by cross-hatching and chock-full of homespun details (and the ever-present family dogs), exude contentment. Ages 3-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-Bringing immediacy to a nostalgic story, Rylant describes a snowy Christmas in a rural setting. From the tree ("It was the prettiest thing we had") to the decorations retrieved from the closet ("Each ornament reminded me of my whole life"), this gentle, first-person narrative shimmers with affection. The text is well matched with Goode's humorous pen-and-ink and watercolor pictures. Though the illustrations present an idealized happy, busy, country house with snowy, woodsy exteriors and an integrated church and family groupings, the intensely personal text anchors the presentation and gives it credibility. A selection that holds up and retains interest after repeated readings.-S. P. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.