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An Old-Fashioned Christmas
Remember a time...
A time when every Christmas tree was real.
A time when Christmas shopping meant paging
through a Sears & Roebuck catalog, and
heading downtown to Main Street.
A time when Christmas dinner was prepared
from canning jars lining the pantry
shelves, and from fruits and vegetables
grown in your own garden.
Christmas meant the arrival of Norman
Rockwell paintings of Santa on the cover of
The Saturday Evening Post, and hand-
written letters addressed to the North Pole
with wishes for record players, train sets
and Raggedy Ann dolls.
An Old-Fashioned Christmas invites readers
to re-live the memories that guide our
hearts homeward to the much-loved
traditions of yesteryear.
Hardcover, 176pp illustrated
Autographed by the author, Rochelle M.
Pennington & Nicholas Pennington
Watercolor illustrations by Cathy Stern
Published by Pathways Press
CD Included - Listen to experpts from the
old-time radio broadcast of Santa's
favorite elf, "Billie-the-Brownie".
Art & Character of Nutcrackers
by Arlene Wagner
Beyond visions of sugarplum faries and
wooden men with white beards, the
nutcrackers featured in The Art &
Character of Nutcrackers are
elegant, sophisticated, rustic pieces of
usable art steeped in history and tradition.
Beautifully photographed, rare, and
valuable, these nutcrackers from around the
world are collected and celebrated in one
place for the first time ever.
What began as and innocent purchase during
a production of the Nutcracker Ballet has
blossomed into a world-renowned collection
almost 40 years in the making. The author,
Arlene Wagner has amassed more than 5,000
pieces housed in the Leavenworth Nutcracker
Museum, on display to the public.
Written by Arlene Wagner
Published by Collectors Press, Inc.
Hardcover Book - 188 pages,
10-1/4 x 12-1/2 inches
Nativities of the World
by Susan Topp Weber
This book includes photographs of over
ninety-six nativities from all over the
world. Each nativities is shown in full
color, with supporting text by Susan Topp
Weber. The appendix lists where collections
of nativities can be seen in the United
States and Europe.
The nativities that appear in Weber's book
have never been published. Their materials
range from wheat straw (Bangladesh) to
wrought iron (Ecuador) to churro wool
(Navajo) to felt (Kazakhstan) to stone
(Peru). An Australian version features
native animals, such as kangaroos.
A Slovakian artist created a nativity from
corn husks. A Czech fiber artist wove the
Holy Family from bobbin lace. An Irish
knitter stitched the stable scene in wool.
An Hawaiian artist made the shelter from a
coconut; the star above it is a tiny
Susan began collecting in 1965 and has sold
nativities since 1978 in her Santa Fe shop,
Susan's Christmas Shop.
Autographed by the author, Susan Topp
Published by Gibbs Smith Publishers 2013
Jacketed Hardcover Book - 160 pages,
8-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches
ETA Hoffmann / Maurice Sendak
The tale of Nutcracker, written by E.T.A.
Hoffmann in 1816, has fascinated and inspired
artists, composers, and audiences for almost
two hundred years. It has retained its
freshness because it appeals to the sense of
wonder we all share.
Maurice Sendak designed brilliant sets and
costumes for the Pacific Northwest Ballets
Christmas production of Nutcracker and
created even more magnificent pictures
especially for this book. He joined with the
eminent translator Ralph Manheim to produce
this illustrated edition of Hoffmanns
wonderful tale, destined to become a classic
for all ages. Illustrations in Detail
The world of Nutcracker is a world of
pleasures. Maurice Sendaks art illuminates
the delights of Hoffmanns story in this rich
and tantalizing treasure.
Written by ETA Hoffmann
Translator Ralph Manheim
Illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Hardcover: 9-7/8 x 9-7/8 - 120 pages
Published by Crown Publishing Group - 2012
USA > Penguin Random House
Ages: 8-11 years
The Big Book of Christmas
by Welleran Poltarnee
A lavishly illustrated picture book featuring
vintage imagery and classic verse celebrating
The Laughing Elephant's large library of
books and ephemera has several foci, one of
the principal ones being childhood and its
joys. This book presents more than a hundred
wonderful images celebrating the various
aspects of Christmas. Themes includes:
Santas workshop, Letters to Santa, gift
shopping and wrapping, decorating the house
and tree, Christmas Eve, carol singing, the
nativity and animals at Christmas. Though
principally visual, The Big Book of Christmas
includes poems and quotations celebrating the
Yuletide including The Night Before
Christmas, The Twelve Days of Christmas
and some less well known, but no less
wonderful Christmas verse.
8-3/4 x 10 Inches - 96 pages, Hardcover
Full Color Illustrations
Published by Laughing Elephant - Ingram Books
Written by Welleran Poltarnees