The Story of Holly and Ivy Hardcover – Oct 29 1985
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Gorgeous illustrations and well written story, a Christmas favorite.Published 7 months ago by marissa.f
Beautiful story telling! The author beatifully writes how an orphan's wish arrives on Christmas day. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2002 by Nomorerain
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. Read morePublished on Dec 17 2001
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 morePublished on Aug. 31 2001 by NJY
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 morePublished on March 2 2001 by M_Girl
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 morePublished on Feb. 22 2001