Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Child's Christmas in Wales

BY DYLAN THOMAS
a rather remarkable little book, blending so well those memories of Christmas with his childhood imagination.  The DVD is also quite delightful, and we own a record of Dylan Thomas himself reading the book.  But best of all are Trina Schart Hyman's illustrations in our copy on the shelf...
"One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner ... that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six."

" 'Were there postmen then, too?'
'With sprinkling eyes and wind-cherried noses, on spread, frozen feet they crunched up to the doors and mittened on them manfully.  But all that the children could hear was a ringing of bells.' "
" 'Were there Uncles, like in our house?'
'There are always Uncles at Christmas...' "

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