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This was a very nice little book. While it reflects a more traditional view of Hanukkah, it resonates nicely with it's modern stories and my family enjoyed adding it to our holiday reading.
 
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icadams | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 18, 2023 |
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This is a sweet collection of Christmas stories suitable for all ages. These are mostly traditional classics but worth reading and re-reading when the holiday season arrives. It will make an excellent gift.
 
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varielle | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 15, 2023 |
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This lovely edition is such a fun book to add to a Christmas collection. It includes holiday favorites (Christmas Carol, Gift of the Magi, Babes in Toyland, and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas), but there are lesser-known treats as well. The Santa Claus stories by L. Frank Baum and the History of the Nutcrackers by Alexander Dumas! With 600+ pages you can pace yourself and enjoy the stories throughout December. The only thing that would have made it even better would be a few illustrations.
 
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bookworm12 | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 23, 2022 |
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This edition of the book was truly wonderful. Not only did it have the original story in it, it has the history of the Nutcracker, then the play, Princess Pirlipantine and the nutcracker, the music used in the play, and the cover is just beautiful. It was interesting seeing how all the versions were the same and how they differed. This was a wonderful gift, perfect for the Winter time. I would reccommend it.
 
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Beammey | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 15, 2022 |
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This short volume consists of 10 brief plays and 2 short, very short, stories all centered, as the title clearly tells around the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Although the back cover indicates that the collection is aimed at “readers young and old” it seems better suited for children even if a couple of the plays may not be entirely suitable.

The book contains works by 10 different authors about whom, unfortunately, little is said in the book. Only a brief description is given for each, such as: “author of educational children’s plays”, “rabbis”, and there isn’t any information on the writers’ countries of origin. Not that it matters much since the stories should stand on their entertaining and educational merits.

The authors are:
Jacob J, Leibson
Alexander Lyons - 2 plays
Irma Kraft
Isaac Loev Peretz - one of the two stories in the book (translated)
Louis Broido
Louis Witt
Elma Levinger - one story and a play
Ruth E. Levi
Joseph Leiser
Solomon Fineberg

The stories and plays are mostly instructive but they may be more entertaining for readers who are already familiar with the Jewish religious background.½
 
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xieouyang | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 6, 2022 |
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I loved the theory behind this collection, but not the execution. This edition combines the original tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffman, but also three adaptations/retellings. I loved seeing the story evolve from Hoffman to O. Eliphaz Keat. However, the quantity of editing errors made this edition nearly unreadable. I also cannot find where the translators are given credit, and that bothers me. I have another book which combines E.T.A. Hoffman’s original and Dumas’s The Tale of the Nutcracker, both translated by Joachim Neugroschel. While I can’t speak for the accuracy of the translations from the original languages, Neugroschel’s versions are more readable.
 
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DGRachel | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 27, 2022 |
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This 605-page volume is a collection of 16 Christmas-related stories (and one poem) originally published between 1823 and 1926 - in other words, works that are all now out of copyright.

Some were quite familiar to me, such as Clement Moore's "'Twas The Night Before Christmas" (the one poem, which serves as a preface, originally published as "Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas" in 1823), and O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" (1905). Others, such as Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" (1843) and "The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams Bianco (1922), were familiar from their shorter forms in children's picture books (and of course, the 1962 cartoon version of Dickens' work featuring Mr. Magoo, which was my first introduction to that story).

Other stories include works that were new to me by well-known authors such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Washington Irving, L. Frank Baum, and Alexandre Dumas. But the tale I liked best was "Christmas: A Story" (1912), by Zona Gale, about a small town that decides to skip Christmas - until they learn an orphan is coming to live with one of the townspeople on Christmas Eve. I also enjoyed "A Reversible Santa Claus" (1917) by Meredith Nicholson, a funny and exciting tale about a burglar who reforms on Christmas.

This really isn't a children's book, but some of the stories could be read aloud, particularly to older children. In general, the longer stories are towards the end of the book.

Although the authors' names are given in the table of contents, they aren't repeated at the beginning of each story.  I would have appreciated that as well as including the year of original publication.  I also found numerous errors in spelling, punctuation, and word spacing in "Babes in Toyland" (1904) by Glen MacDonough and Anna Alice Chapin (another favorite movie from childhood).  The book is nicely bound and has an attractive cover with an abstract patchwork design in shades of red and green.
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rdg301library | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 24, 2022 |
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As the Christmas season approaches, and readers look for stories embodying the holiday spirit, an excellent book is available. Vintage Christmas Tales is a holiday anthology of stories. Some are old favorites that are read every year like Dickens Christmas Carol and O. Henry’s Gift of the Magi.
But there are also new stories that seldom are seen in Christmas anthologies.
L.Frank Baum gives us The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, perfect for story time during the month of December. Enjoy the entire story of the Nutcracker in Dumas’s The History of the Nutcracker. Kids will love Tommy Trot’s Visit to Santa Claus by Thomas Nelson Page .
Also included is Margery Williams Bianco’s, Velveteen Rabbit, a perfect feel good book for all seasons. Readers will return to this book year after year to read new stories and share some of the old ones again.
Read as an ARC from LibraryThing.
 
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librarian1204 | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 17, 2022 |
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Mint Editions’ Nutcracker Treasury includes not only Hoffman’s famous tale but Dumas’ retelling, the play version of the famous ballet and the strange (but the one I liked the best) version by O. Eliphaz Keat The subtitle of Keat’s version is “translated, mutilated and terminated”. So there you go.
It wouldn’t surprise me if most people know or came to the Nutcracker via the music or the ballet. Or even the Fantasia dancing mushrooms. Hoffman’s magical tale is different in some ways, and every time I re-read it, I always get a faintly yucky feeling. It is a tale of young girl’s coming of age – it starts with her getting dolls for Christmas and then marrying at the end with no real sense of her having age much. In fact most people seem to remember the magical journey that stands in for her growing more than anything else. That end bit not so much.
And that’s why it was nice to see the operetta that was designed for the ballet. The text for the operetta was done by Jane Kerley and there is a difference in feeling from the stories told by the men (whether or not Keat was really a man, I’m not sure). Dumas’ version is close, though not exactly to Hoffman’s. Keat’s one is the biggest departure and, honestly, the one I liked best because it does seem to be written in response to some of the issues that the original Nutcracker raises in the mind of the reader.
It is a nice collection, if perhaps catered only to those who like the story or like to read variations. It should be noted that the operetta does include musical notation.
 
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Chrisethier | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 16, 2022 |
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This treasury is such a clever idea. It is fascinating to travel through the adaptations of the original and see the changes. It gives one a completely new appreciation of The Nutcracker. My only disappointment was that the cover was not more outstanding. One pictures a treasury to have a beautiful cover design, which this is lacking. Still a worthwhile book to have in your collection though!
 
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MarJanita | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 12, 2022 |
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A wonderful collection of 17 Christmas tales, including "The Gift of the Magi," "The Velveteen Rabbit," and "A Christmas Carol." While it can be read aloud to young children, there aren't any pictures.
 
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HAUMC | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 5, 2022 |
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This is a collection of plays, curated for this publication. Some are older in language and tone (thy and whilest) and some are more modern. They also range in setting - from a Biblical time period, to the Macabees, to modern day (although modern here is probably the late 1900s). I was hoping for more modern plays that could be used in a religious school (Sunday school) type setting with elementary age students. This won't work for that, as it is a historical overview of the play adaptations of the Channukah story. It could use more introduction and framing of the different plays, but I understand that isn't the style of the publisher.
 
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remonkey | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 4, 2022 |