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The Cobweb Christmas [Paperback]

Shirley Climo
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Nov. 30 2013
After waiting years to witness some of the special magic that happens Christmas Eve, a kindly old woman finally gets her wish.
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Shirley Climo's love of folklore began in her childhood and has provided the background for many of her children's books, such as The Korean Cinderella, Magic & Mischief: Tales from Cornwall, A Treasury of Princesses: Princess Tales from Around the World, A Treasury of Mermaids: Mermaid Tales from Around the World, and Someone Saw a Spider: Spider Facts and Folktales, an NCTE Teacher's Choice and Library of Congress Best Children's Book that was originally inspired by her research for Cobweb Christmas. Mrs. Climo and her husband live in Los Altos, California.



Jane Manning is the illustrator of dozens of children's books, including the I Can Read Book Baa-Choo! by Sarah Weeks and the New York Times bestselling The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches by Alice Low. She currently lives in Deep River, Connecticut.


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4.0 out of 5 stars a christmas classic Jan. 2 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
We have read this book on Christmas Eve for years, since my children were wee, and then I would drape the tree in icicles after the children were in bed. No longer wee children, but I wanted a copy of the original one we read... this is it!
Delivery was very long... it was said to take 14-21 days, and arrived 32 days. It was shipped over the Christmas period, but would have expected quotes to adjust for that.
Book in great shape, though!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cobweb Christmas Jan. 19 2012
Format:Hardcover
The book was just as described, in very good condition. Arrived in a timely manner - overall very happy with this purchase.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice story but poorly presented. Jan. 2 1998
By Anja - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A German woman cleans her house in preparation for Christmas. Then she invites her neighbors, farm animals, and wild creatures into her home to enjoy her tree. However, she never thinks to invite the spiders in. On Christmas Eve when the Christkindel comes, the spiders ask him to let them into the house to see the tree, which he does. As the spiders explore the tree, they cover it with their webs, which the Christkindel tranforms into beautiful tinsel. Thus explaining the tradition of tinsel.
I enjoyed the story but found the presentation flawed. Germans use comforters on their beds and not patchwork quilts, yet the woman is shown shaking out a patchwork quilt. In Germany, the Christkindel (Christ child) is the one who brings gifts on Christmas Eve, but he is portrayed looking like a slim, diminutive, American Santa Claus. Also, only a fraction of the many spiders shown have the requisite number of eight legs.
I enjoyed the story but will search for a different version of it before purchasing a copy for myself.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Christmas story. Jan. 16 2014
By Julie A. Goedeke - Published on Amazon.com
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I chose this book because I used to read it to my first grade class. I love this book. Totally unlike current Christmas books.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Christmas folklore Jan. 7 2014
By dinah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I feel as though I have reviewed this before, but it not, it was perfect! Great story and illustrations explain the derivation of the custom to put tinsel and garland on a Christmas tree! This former library edition was in perfect shape with a plastic jacket which allows me many readings, both to my grandchildren and students in elementary classes in which I visit and read! Thank-you!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book Dec 28 2013
By kisetta - Published on Amazon.com
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I have fond memories of reading this book with my Mom and sister growing up when we lived in germany. However I don't know if its for younger kids - the spiders might scare them and there are a lot of words. But it is a cute story of how tinsel came to be and teaches about Christmas with the little old lady making presents for everyone.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this story May 6 2013
By P. Tew - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Cute story that my kids all loved growing up. I have a Christmas book collection, now I'm trying to find copies for their libraries.
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