Monday, January 27, 2014
Review:A Child's Christmas in New England by:Robert Sullivan
About the Book:
In A Child's Christmas in New England, Robert Sullivan and Glenn Wolff return together to their favorite subject. This is a memoir about a time when, and place where, (in the New England of the '50s and '60s), the snow was always deep and a light was always on in the window. At his daughter's urging Sullivan provides a Yuletide feast for the reader, full of his memories of childhood Christmases and recollections of his parents and grandparents and of relatives and siblings and of all the goings on that make Christmas what it is, now and then.
About the Author:
Glenn Wolff is a master of the natural and unnatural, having rendered animals both real and mythical in books by Robert Sullivan, Jerry Dennis and many others. A formidable talent, he also plays stand-up bass in a terrific jazz combo, the Neptune Quartet. He lives and works in Traverse City, Michigan, and his art is familiar to readers of The New York Times, to which he has contributed for more than 30 years.
Robert Sullivan is the Managing Editor of LIFE Books. He was raised in Massachusetts and continued his education in New Hampshire; he lives today with his family in Westchester County, New York. He has written for scores of magazines and has authored several books. A Child's Christmas in New England is his third collaboration with Glenn Wolff.
First of all let me say, I love the book. I love that in our "grown-up" minds we can go back to a much more simple time. I miss those days! Even though I didn't grow up in the same time period or even the same state the author did, I can still appreciate alot of the same things he did. I loved this book if not just for the simple time period it outlined but also for the childhood romps he described so vividly as if I were there watching from my own picture window.
The author is basically reminiscing in childhood days gone by and telling his young daughter all about her relatives and situations that happened way back when. He described the old fashioned ways that they decorated the Christmas tree. He is very descriptive in the way he described alot of the items in the book, especially the bubbling lights for the tree or the sledding ritual that had taken place one Christmas in which all the paint wore off their sleds within a week of receiving them.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with looking back to our childhoods, a time where we wish we could go back to. I really enjoyed the book and I feel the author and the illustrator did a tremendous job!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.