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An Amish Christmas [Library Binding]

Richard Ammon , Pamela Patrick
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October 2000

Simple joys like sliding in the snow, singing carols, and sharing gifts with family members are what an Amish Christmas are all about. Here's a look at the customs of these plain-living folk with Pamela Patrick's appealing, festive art.

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How does a young Amish boy spend the days surrounding Christmas? From ice skating on his uncle's pond to the school Christmas pageant, An Amish Christmas introduces holiday routines and Amish way to young readers. The illustrations are painted in vibrant colors and a realistic style. A charming book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Christmas without Santa Claus? Such a thing does exist, as Ammon (Growing Up Amish) shows in this enlightening and refreshing look at the holiday customs of Amish farm families. An Amish Christmas also comes without decorated trees and, of course, without twinkling lights?but it's celebrated over two days instead of one. Families exchange gifts (a wallet, a pocket knife, writing paper, a book) and visit with relatives and friends, but only after farm chores are finished. There's plenty of fun, too: sledding, skating, singing and eating cookies. Ammon will pique the reader's interest with snatches of Pennsylvania Dutch and glimpses inside a one-room schoolhouse. Patrick emphasizes the timelessness of Amish ways and suggests the characters' devotion by the illuminated expressions on their faces. Text borders of quilt-block motifs enhance the mood. Ages 5-10.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amish Christmas Dec 30 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book is perfect. Looks like it was formerly a library book as there is a number on the spine. I received it December 30th, a little late for Christmas but I understand the book had to be sent from the United States and December is a busy time of year. I was worried that I wouldn't get the book but the seller assured me they had in fact sent it. The sellers were prompt in their response to my inquiries. I consider them a reputable seller. Thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A warm celebration of Amish life Nov. 21 2001
By Michael J. Mazza - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"An Amish Christmas" combines an informative text by Richard Ammon with illutrations by Pamela Patrick. The text is the first-person narration of an Amish boy who tells about his life and the way his family celebrates Christmas.
The text captures many interesting details of Amish life. Particularly interesting is the presentation of the bilingual culture of this Amish community, whose members speak both Pennsylvania Dutch (which is actually a dialect of German) and English. Ammon includes a number of Pennsylvania Dutch words and phrases, with translations, in the text. Example: "Siss am schneea" ("It's snowing").
Ammon's intelligent text is wonderfully complemented by Patrick's beautiful illustrations. Her style is realistic and colorful, and she superbly captures the facial expressions of the Amish children. There are many wonderful images and details: a horse's breath visible on a frosty December day, a colorful patterned quilt, a friendly snowball "fight," and more. Simply marvelous.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas cultural adventure Nov. 18 2003
By Erika Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Turtleback
This book is filled with the details of how Christmas is celebrated in the Amish community. It traces the actions of a boy and his younger sister, during Christmas Eve, the two days of Christmas, and the following day. We meet the boy's family and learn about their Christmas customs. Interspersed in the text are Pennsylvania Dutch phrases, together with their meanings. The book both satisfies and develops curiosity about cultural differences. It shows children an example of how people do things differently, yet deep-down, many of the beliefs are the same. The book is suitable for older kids, with about 2000 words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and captivating Oct. 4 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The beautiful illustrations in this book only enhance the simple story of how the Amish celebrate the Christmas holiday. Narrated by a young Amish boy, readers are quickly transported into the Amish world and the Christmas season. Great for readers of all ages.
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