Christmas was not a big deal when I was growing up. I was raised by hippies and back-to-the-land folk who either ignored Christmas entirely or honored the Winter Solstice with a bonfire in the snow. But this book holds a special place in my heart. Living off the grid in the British Columbia wilderness in an A-frame my mom and her friends built, somehow we had a battery-operated cassette player, and somehow we had a cassette tape of Dylan Thomas reading this tale. I continue to be enchanted by the details of Thomas’s childhood in Wales, his keen observations of the adults around him, and the delightful humor and tenderness with which he holds those times. For me Christmas is not complete without a reading of this book, either by the author himself, or just me and my mom alternating lines. Give it a try.
The classic Christmas tale, with beautiful new illustrations
This gem of lyric prose has enchanted both young and old for over half a century and is now a modern classic. Dylan Thomas (1914–1953), one of the greatest poets and storytellers of the twentieth century, captures a child’s-eye view and an adult’s fond memories of a magical time of presents, aunts and uncles, the frozen sea, and in the best of circumstances, newly fallen snow.
About the Author
The Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914–1953) was one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. His work, noted for its lush metaphors, musicality, and playfulness within traditional forms, was largely responsible for modernizing poetic verse.
A merrier and more pungent celebration of the season for family reading aloud has not been written in our time.
Surely this Christmas story ranks among the great experiences of the language.
The language is enchanting and the poetry shines with an unearthly radiance.