Reviews for Cobweb Christmas


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2002 Spring
In Germany, old Tante experiences a magical Christmas thanks to the curiosity of spiders and the special gift of Kriss Kringle. Tradition, generosity, and a touch of magic are all wrapped into a satisfying holiday story featuring a warm, appealing main character. ManningÆs soft, richly hued illustrations are a fine enhancement to the gentle tale, which has been revised for this edition. Copyright 2002 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2001 September #4
Youngsters can learn about the all-important tree trimmer in Cobweb Christmas: The Tradition of Tinsel (1982) by Shirley Climo, illus. by Jane Manning. Set in Germany, this charming story asserts that curious spiders paying a visit to Grandma's tree are responsible for the tinsel tradition. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2001 October
PreS-Gr 1-A revised and newly illustrated version of a story published in 1982, illustrated by Joe Lasker. An old Bavarian woman does her annual cleaning and then invites children and animals in to admire her beautifully decorated Christmas tree and eat goodies. Only the spiders, which are ushered outside every year, miss out on the festivities, so Kriss Kringle (Christkindel in the earlier edition) lets them into Tante's house as he passes by, and they leave cobwebs all over the tree, which he then transforms into silver and gold-the first tinsel. Climo explains in a note in this edition that the story is based on a folktale whose roots go back more than 200 years. The modest text revisions result in a trimmer, more succinct story, while the new illustrations (still retaining a folkloric, old-fashioned quality) and larger format enhance the book's use in group storytime. Libraries owning the earlier edition will want to keep it while adding this welcome new interpretation of the appealing story.-E. M. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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