Why more people don't know about this great book, I don't know. I could hardly believe it when I found the story at the end of Breakfast at Tiffany's. I was thrilled when this version came out, with great illustrations.
A beautiful family story about love and friendship and fruitcake.
The young boy and his distant elderly cousin, both unwanted by the rich people in the larger house, are confined to a cottage, to mostly fend for themselves. But they have a great deal of freedom and an amazing and touching bond. I hate to sound corny, but this story is so sweet and moving and as my 6 year old says, happy-sad.
As Christmas approaches, they go about their annual fruitcake making activities, from gathering pecans, to counting up the pennies they saved throughout the year, to purchase fruit and even whiskey from an ominous Indian fellow in the bad part of town.
Based in part on Capote's own childhood, this is a story I can whole-heartedly reccomend for all children.