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The Story of Holly and Ivy [Hardcover]

Rumer Godden , Barbara Cooney
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Oct. 29 1985
Orphaned Ivy finds her Christmas wish fulfilled with the help of a lonely couple and a doll named Holly.

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A beautiful story of wishing: of a little girl who wants a doll and a grandmother; of a doll that yearns for a child's arms around it; and of a lonely policeman's wife who wants a child in her home. Ages 5-10.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


-A must-have for every library.+ -Children+s Literature

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By Barbara
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I have read Holly and Ivy every Christmas since 1963. It is a family tradition, especially since I have two adopted children who really appreciate the storyline. It is about a runaway orphan girl who disappears on Christams Eve, and lands up in a cold strange town with no place to stay. It is a story about wishing. Holly is wishing for a doll this Christmas and Ivy (a doll in a toyshop window) is wishing for a girl this Christmas.) In the toyshop there is a villain, a mean toy owl, who tries to prevent any toy going to a home for Christmas. His name is Abracadabra and the toys are all afraid of him. This story has the most unexpected and beautiful ending. Boys love this story as much as girls. I think they identify with the toy owl more than the doll.
Every year I give a copy or two of this book to families I know, who would apprecial such a well written and illustrated book.
Once the children have heard this story, they ask for it every Christmas. It's one of those stories you never forget.The dear friend who gave me my first copy years ago, died at 100 years old, just a few months ago. She read it every Christmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars --Wishes can come true-- March 19 2004
THE STORY OF HOLLY AND IVY is the tale of Ivy a small orphan girl who creates a pretend grandmother and then really tries to find someone who can be that real person for her. She leaves the orphanage at Christmas and is hopeful that her dreams will come true. She also longs for a beautiful doll and sees one in the window of a toy store. The doll's name is Holly and she has also been wishing; however, her wishes are for a little girl who will love her.
This book has everything; a toy store filled with wonderful toys that have personalities of their own, including a somewhat sinister owl named Abracadabra. We also meet Mrs. Jones who is lonely for a child and decides to decorate her house for Christmas as if she was expecting a child to visit. Her husband is a policeman who finds Ivy and brings her home. The book is appropriate for children ages 5-10 and I think that most children would love the story.
This is a very colorful book with lovely illustrations by Barbara Cooney. The author is Rumer Godden who is one of my favorite writers. Over the last few years, I've been locating any of her books that I can find for my library, including her stories for children. I'm writing reviews in the hope that her beautiful stories will continue to be read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A warm and touching story! Dec 17 2002
Beautiful story telling! The author beatifully writes how an orphan's wish arrives on Christmas day. This story tells so clearly by use of narration and multiple personage dialogues to carry a chronological event and space. The minute I opened the book and read a few lines, I knew I was going to read it in one breath. One may get a bit discouraged by the large amount of litteracy compared to very little illustration (I felt that when I 1st browsed thru the book), but boy, was I glad to have looked past the 1st impression.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas tale for all seasons July 5 2002
Holly is a doll who wants a little girl for Christmas -- it is her fondest wish. Ivy is a little girl who wishes for a grandmother for Christmas. Everyone has left St. Agnes's Orphanage for the holidays and she is lonely, so she decides to find her mythical grandmother. Mrs. Jones feels that Christmas needs children. "Couldn't we have a little girl?" she asks. But Mr. Jones thinks she's daft. Add a sympathetic boy and a villainous toy owl and you have a page-turner.
Rumor Godden is the author of many fine and classic books for adults like THIS HOUSE OF BREDE and THE GREENGAGE SUMMER. Her rich and sumptuous writing guides stories full of delightful characters and, in the case of HOLLY AND IVY, little twists to the tale to surprise the reader.
If you're shy about reading "kiddie lit" for fun because you're an adult, find a child to read this to. And no matter what age -- teens will love the whimsy in the story as much as smaller children.
The illustrator is Barbara Cooney, a Caldecott Medal winner who has illustrated over a hundred books. She has captured the characters, setting and holiday appeal of the story in colorful pictures on every page.
Don't wait for Christmas! This is a story -- and a book -- for all seasons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas of the Heart Dec 17 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I would not think of letting a Christmas go by without reading this story to my grandchildren. I have read this story to my 3rd grade students for 12 years. Holly and Ivy are just right for each other, and good wins out in the end. Despite Abracadabra!
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I found this book by accident in the local library one year, and I read it to my two daughters. We cherished it for the two weeks we had it, and read it every night it seemed. None of us tired of it. The next year, we did the same thing, and by now I have finally had the good sense to purchase one. This edition has beautiful pictures, better than another one I've seen. The story is so cozy and precious that it warms your heart. It's sure to become a tradition with your family as well. Buy this book and love it! It whispers of Christmases past and yet is timeless in its story of a little girl longing for that special doll under the tree. The story is filled with miracles, just like Christmas. In our world today, there is nothing more settling and reassuring than reading a wonderful tale to our children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this sweet story!
The book had me hooked from the beginning and I'm 60 years old! I have a passion for childrens' books and this one tells the story of a orphan and the Christmas she found for... Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2001 by Nancy Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Christmas story I have ever read.
I love this story, it is just so touching. I read it first when I was eight and still love it just the same five years later. Read more
Published on March 3 2001 by M_Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of Holly and Ivy
I think this book is a wonderful book. When I was young it was my favorite book. It was one of the first books I read. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A story about wishing
I first read this story more than 40 years ago, when it was published in a woman's magazine. It made such an impression on me that, decades later, when I found it in book form, I... Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2001 by ATP
5.0 out of 5 stars An Underrated Christmas Classic
With all the Hollywood-styled holiday stories (and videos), this is a simple, beautiful tale set in the recent past. I have one treasured copy I read to my students. Read more
Published on Dec 21 2000 by College Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential Christmas story
This is a perfect book for reading aloud to a grade school child...but my junior high school daughter still loves it as well. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2000 by Mark Borchers
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Book for Kids
I first read this book as a child, and began to borrow it everyyear at Christmastime from our local library. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2000
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