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Title:
The golden Christmas tree
Author:
Wahl, Jan.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Random House edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Golden Books, 2003.

©1988
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Summary:
All the animals, from giraffes to cardinals, gather at Christmas to decorate a fir tree and dance throughout the night.
General Note:
"Originally published in 1988 in slightly different form by Western Publishing Company."
Language:
English
Reading Level:
003-007.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 140129.
ISBN:
9780375827471
Format :
Book

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Summary

From the Golden Books archives comes a classic Christmas tale by a master storyteller and one of the great Golden Books illustrators.

A forest is hushed for the animals' Christmas. The elephant brings a fir tree from far away, and the animals gather silently. . . . The kangaroos decorate the tree with pinecones, and the giraffe places a star at the top.

"Now, as it happened before, the lion lay down with the lamb. . . ."

This beautifully told story by noted author Jan Wahl is brought to life with richly textured paintings by Caldecott Medalist Leonard Weisgard, celebrating the majesty and wonder of Christmas. It was originally published in 1988.


Author Notes

Jan Wahl was born April 1, 1933 in Columbus, Ohio, and was raised in northwest Ohio. Much of his childhood was spent on a farm, in a small town. After graduating from high school in 1950, Wahl attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953. Wahl was author of a play called Paradiso! Paradiso! while he was a student at Cornell. The play was produced by the school in 1954.

Wahl enrolled in a creative writing class, and after graduating, learned that he had been awarded the honor of being a Fulbright fellow in the area of Folklore and Folk Literature. His new found scholastic status brought him to the University of Copenhagan in Denmark. After completing his graduate studies at the University of Copenhagan, Wahl worked with Danish film director Carl T. Dreyer during the making of Dreyer's prize-winning film Ordet. He worked with Dreyer from 1954 to 1955.

In 1957, Wahl returned to Denmark to take a position with the mystery writer Isak Dinesen, who was ill. Dinesen dictated her novel Last Tales and Wahl recorded it for her. After being abruptly fired by the famous Danish author, Wahl returned to America where he attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor to complete his Master's Degree in arts in 1958. In 1955 he was awarded the Avery Hopwood Prize in Fiction for his collected short stories. The next major milestone in his career was the 1964 publication of Pleasant Fieldmouse, by Harper & Row, illustrated by Maurice Sendak.

Wahl has published more than 100 books for children, and won various awards including the Bologna (Italy) Book Fair Young Critic's Prize in 1969, the Ohioana Book Award in 1970, the Parents Choice Award in 1987, the Redbook Award in 1987, the Christopher Medal in 1987, and the Coretta Scott King recognition in 1992.

Several of Jan's books have been set to music, and How the Children Stopped the Wars was turned into an opera and has been performed many times. A few of his stories have been animated and another is expected to be adapted as a feature film.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Leonard Weisgard's pictures of a bipedal animal cast continue to light up The Golden Christmas Tree by Jan Wahl, a 1988 picture book reissued as a Big Little Golden Book. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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