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  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (Jan. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780895986634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895986634
  • ASIN: 0895986639
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 59 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #280,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Christmas Memory is the classic memoir of Truman Capote's childhood in rural Alabama. Until he was ten years old, Capote lived with distant relatives. This book is an autobiographical story of those years and his frank and fond memories of one of his cousins, Miss Sook Faulk. The text is illustrated with full color illustrations that add greatly to the story without distracting from Capote's poignant prose. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 3 Up-- This tiny gem of a holiday story, although a memory, is told in the present tense, which gives it a certain immediacy. Written by Capote as if a backward glance at his childhood while in college, the story traces a month of pre-Christmas doings in his parentless, poor household. The seven-year-old and his "friend," a distant, eccentric, and in those times elderly (mid-sixties), cousin prepare several dozen fruitcakes and mail them to people they admire. Gathering the pecans from those left behind in the harvest, buying illegally made whiskey for soaking the cakes, getting a little tipsy on the leftovers, cutting their own tree, and decorating it with homemade ornaments are some of the adventures the two share. The outside world barely intrudes on this portrayal of a loving friendship which wraps readers in coziness like the worn scrap quilt warms the old woman. Reminiscent of Lisbeth Zwerger, Peck's watercolor-and-ink full-page illustrations greatly enhance the text. Her use of lighter shades, tawny colors, and fine lines plus a background wash which suggests rather than delineates detail is perfect for this holiday memory of Christmas celebrated in rural Alabama in the early 1930s. --Susan Hepler, Arlington Public Library, VA
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A Christmas Memory" is truly one of the most enduring and heartwarming holiday tales ever to grace the pages of American literature. This soothing bit of classic Americana written by Truman Capote is as warming on a cold winter night as a steaming cup of hot, mulled cider in front of a crackling fire under my grandmother's afghan. The touching and refreshing friendship between Buddy and his "friend" is not only delightful but something to cherish as one teaches the other of the old timeless traditions of the past and the new wonders of the future. Buddy's total acceptance of his "friend" and her somewhat offbeat perspective on life and the changing world around them is what drives this story throughout it's moments of childlike magic to it's ultimate bittersweet conclusion. The belief in love and the bond that can exist between two people of completely different generations and the hope that wherever we go and however many miles may come between us, that bond can never be broken is the foremost message of this precious tale. Given the events of resent months, a story like this helps to heal as well as entertain and is more then just another book to be put away on the shelf. "A Christmas Memory" is a blessed gift to be read again and again, year after year and to be welcomed into home and hearth as a dear, old friend unexpectedly visiting on a chilly Christmas morning.
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Almost 20 years ago, I first saw the film made from this story. It was late one winter night and I couldn't sleep. I turned on the television and found a story with a play type of format. The film had been on for who knows how long, but no matter, I was intrigued by the characters very quickly. The television guide had no listing for what I had seen. I almost felt as if it was a story meant for me alone. After it was over, it haunted me for quite some time, and it took some library research to find out the title and that it was written by Truman Capote. Since then, I've read this story many times, and always enjoy each and every page.
This is such a heart warming tale and the simplicity in which it's written is truly brilliant. It's told through the words of a seven year old boy and relates his memories of Miss Sook Faulk, and the Christmas tradition that they shared during the Great Depression years. The story is autobiographical, and the boy is Truman Capote.
Miss Faulk was Truman's elderly cousin, but she always called him "Buddy." This was in memory of another Buddy who died long ago when she was a girl. Miss Faulk remained a child herself in many ways. The story centers around their Christmas tradition of making fruitcakes for the people that they admired and loved.
This book can be read to or by all ages. The story endures because the love between the characters is so real, and the delight that they have in sharing with others is what we all want Christmas to be.
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By Amber on Feb. 7 2000
Format: Hardcover
Truman Capote is a successful author, especially in the novel The Christmas Memory. This novel is guaranteed to bring strong emotions! If you ever read the novel, you'll even agree that this writing will point out to all the audience that it teaches us something about grown ups need to spend more time with younger kids and all ages. Older people can always inspire kids if they try. Sook is a old woman that has no friends. Buddy being around helps her out more than it does him. The old woman being around Buddy helps him learn to be a good young boy. Buddy keeps Sook company. So she doesn't get depressed and lonely as much. It made me realize how important it is for all families to get along and get close. Everyone is a better person that way. They're no arguements in the family then. The other part of the family does care about others, but dont take time out to understand others. The proof of others not caring anymore is when they want to send Buddy off. He could do just as good there. They just wanted to get rit if of and to be rude to Sook. I think this novel is a perfect novel to show others how important your family can be to you.
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By A Customer on Feb. 7 2000
Format: Hardcover
A Christmas Memory is a heart touching story that involves many emotional moments. When reading the story, I felt an urge to cry because of so many feelings that Buddy had for Sooke. I could feel the emotions race in my heart from word to word. The most heart touching moment, was when Buddy was forced to leave his best friend, Sooke. The way Sooke felt when Buddy had to leave meant everything. Sooke felt as if she could do somthing to make Jenny let him stay. Buddy may have been a young boy ,but he understood how Sooke felt. The scene when they were giving gifts from under the tree, Sooke and Buddy gave each other a kite which they flown the next day for their last time together. The moment when Jenny, Buddys aunt talked to Sooke made feel as if now she would be alone. After the talk with Jenny, Sooke thought that all she could do now was walk Buddy to the bus and say her goodbyes. A Christmas Memory will certainly make you experience strong, emotional feelings.Enjoy.
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By A Customer on Feb. 7 2000
Format: Hardcover
A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote, is a heart-warming Christmas story about the special relationship shared between a young boy and his best-friend (his elderly woman cousin). Buddy, the young boy, has lived with his cousins since he can remember. Through the years he has developed a special bond with his elderly cousin, Sook. Only his mean, old, witchy cousin, Jenny (whom I did not like very much) makes him go off to Militery School right after Christmas. When it came down to the day when Buddy had to leave, Jenny (the old bat) wasn't going to let Sook walk him to the bus stop. Buddy and Sook didn't know if they were ever going to see each other again, and they knew that that was probably going to be their last Christmas together. Buddy's other elderly cousins, Sebone and Calley, didn't want Buddy to go. Calley tried to explain to Jenny that Buddy made them feel young. But being the mean, old person that Jenny was, she just didn't understand. And sent him away anyway. Sebone and Calley had their strong feelings about him leaving, but they weren't going to stand up to Jenny. A Christmas Memory is guaranteed to make you grab for the tissues. If you are like me, you will defintely shed at least a tear, unless you're in front of a bunch of other people. But even then you might still let one slip. I know a few people that did. I will defintely read this story to my kids, as well as my grandkids to let them feel the emotional moments I felt when I was their age.
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