A Christmas Memory Paperback – Jan 1 2000
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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.
From School Library Journal
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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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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A gorgeous tale of just how meaningful childhood memories are. These memories give us a look into a relationship between a child and an adult that builds real - honest - and... Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2003
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2002 by Kelly K. Coyle
This may become your favorite Christmas story! The visual imagery in this autobiograhical short story is memorable. Read morePublished on July 28 2001 by Steve Schreiber
I first heard of this story through a PBS production about eighteen years ago. My six year old son and I watched it and were both keenly aware of the special bond between this... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2000
The novel A Christmas Memory written by Truman Capote will give you strong emotions. One thing that I acted strongly about was when his cousin was going to send Buddy off to... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2000
Truman Capote's picture book A Cristmas Memory was a great book because it taught you that life isnt always good. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2000
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote is sure to make you think about relationships and love between friends. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2000
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote is sure to teach you to cherish life and the people that make you who you are. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2000
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote will make you realize how deeply you care for someone special in your life. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2000