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A Child's Christmas In Wales [Hardcover]

Dylan Thomas , Edward Ardizzone
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5 Oct 2006

All the Christmases roll down toward the two-tongued sea, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street; and they stop at the rim of the ice-edged, fish-freezing waves, and I plunge my hand in the snow and bring out whatever I can find . . .

Dylan Thomas's lyrical account of his childhood Christmases in a small Welsh town, featuring wolves, bears, hippos and Mrs Prothero's cat, has become deservedly famous. Beautifullly illustrated by award-winning artist Edward Ardizzone and presented in a delightful mini hardback edition, this classic is a perfect tiny gift or stocking-filler.


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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Childrens; New Ed edition (5 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858810116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858810119
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 12.4 x 8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The perfect way to revisit the youthful excitement of Christmas, but with an appreciation that comes only with maturity. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2014 is the centenary of Dylan Thomas's birth and this classic mini hardback edition of one of his most famous works features wonderful illustrations by acclaimed illustrator Edward Ardizzone.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting 21 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
I have just read this enchanting little book with my six book club friends. I loved Dylan Thomas's perspicacious descriptions of Christmas and took me back to my childhood when we had lots of snow etc. I have read it several times in the last couple of weeks and it still makes me smile with pleasure at Thomas's wonderful use of words. The illustrations are great fun too. It may be a small book but it is magical to read.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Christmas Book Written 11 Nov 2003
Format:Paperback
This story is my favourite Christmas read. Every year without fail me dad has read this to my family on Christmas eve. It is a tradition that we all love, even my eldest sister who is now twenty two years old. The story appeals to people of all ages as it reminds you of Christmases may have had as a child, the joy of falling snow, the fun of getting presents that will irritate your parents and friends, and most of all being with the family.

If you have never read this book or any of Dylan Thomas' books then this is a good place to start. I hope that you enjoy reading it yourself or to others as I have done.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan Thomas 17 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover
The order was delivered very promptly, and the books ordered were brand new. A Child's Christmas in Wales is by no means for children only - it is very funny, has Thomas' unique poetic expression, and has Ardizzone's delightful illustrations. This Chriatmas I gave copies to both children and adults, all of whom expressed great pleasure in this unusual edition. Several recipients said they were now intending to read more of Thomas' work - hooray! Many thanks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely pass over Christmas in the past! 4 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
A Child's Christmas In Wales
A gorgeous little book taking us back to bygone days of fun and simplicity written in Thomas' rich poetic description.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A DELIGHT TO READ 14 Jun 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
SUPER STORY AMUSINGLY WRITTEN - LOVELY ILLUSTRATIONS
WELL WORTH EVERY MODEST PENNY IT COST - COULD BECOME A COLLECTORS ITEM.

BUT IT - READ IT - ENJOY IT AND PASS IT ON.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thomas Fan's view 31 Mar 2011
By Alan
Format:Paperback
I bought this book as original work by Thomas to provide background for the DVD of A Child's Christmas....Absolutely delightful, Thomas's magical use of language brings the whole experience to life, something one can entirely identify with and re-live one's own childhood Christmases(particularly if of an older generation). The book is beautifully illustrated too. The order was promptly and efficiently despatched. Thoroughly recommended and at a very cheap price. Am looking forward to viewing the DVD although I don't expect it to compare with the written word.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 10 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I thought that this book was great and would recommend it to be read to children everywhere. I read it to my class of Year 3 children and they thought that it was funny in places.

Reminded me of all of those wonderful childhood memories of anticipating the arrival of a long awaited Christmas Day.

Fantastic book, it will become a Christmas book to treasure for years within your family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nostalgic read 26 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback
There's something about Christmas that brings out the nostalgic side. A great read especially in the weeks before Christmas to warm the cockles of your heart. It also demonstrates the hardships if life in a mining community. Really loved it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reminders of childhood
Having been born & bred in the Welsh valleys, this book took me on a very enjoyable trip down memory lane. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. K. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
wasnt keen to start with, as so very different, but then had to finish can understand why it become a classic, such a different style of writing most enjoyable
Published 4 months ago by A. M. Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars good scene-setting
nice small size for children - excellent product - my grand-daughter will now know something of her father and grandfathert
was out of print so had to wait a while but worth... Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Humphreys
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb little book
I have loved this work for many years and had lost a very old copy of it. Imagine my delight when I discovered this edition when trawling through the Amazon book website. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. Sheila Cornford
4.0 out of 5 stars Late Arrival
I ordered two copies for Christmas but unfortunately you were out of stock. No worries I have kept them for next Christmas!
Published 5 months ago by gabriella
3.0 out of 5 stars Smaller than expected
I am sure the description did indicate that this version of the book was in a small format, but somehow I must have missed that.
Published 6 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
what a lovely book, my granddaughter loves it. the book is so well written it brings a soft spot to my heart, and of course being Welsh.
Published 6 months ago by Julie Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely story
read it for a book group as Christmas read,loved the lyricism of it,flowing,but with childlike abrupt sentence ends at times,clearly some real events included. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J M Waugh
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas reading
This was a sweet, if short read. The book (in physical size) was very small indeed. I finished the story in less than half an hour. A nice little keepsake.
Published 6 months ago by shadesoflilac
2.0 out of 5 stars So small
when I ordered this book I did not expect it to be so tiny - small writing for my young grandson.
Published 6 months ago by patricia dunn
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