"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Their Old Familiar Carols Play, and Wild and Sweet the Words Repeat of Peace on Earth, Good-will to Men!" This familiar stanza from the popular Christmas song, written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1865. A perfect gift add-on for readers and Longfellow enthusiasts on your list!
The familiar poem turned Christmas hymn was written by Longfellow in 1864. As the Civil War raged, Longfellow was confident that "the wrong shall fail/the right prevail" and that peace and goodwill would once again be on earth. Printed on watercolor weight paper. 12 blank cards with envelopes per box.
Originally written in 1941, Robert P. Tristram Coffin's depiction of a perfect Maine Christmas is made new again with delightful woodblock prints by Blue Butterfield. You will feel like one of the family as the author brings you along to play with cousins in the hay chaff, take a bouncy afternoon sleigh ride, savor the goose during the three hour meal, string popcorn for the tree and listen to tales by firelight at the drowsy end of a long and perfect day. Hardcover. 36 pgs.
Venture back in time to December 1620, as a group of pilgrims from England celebrate their first American Christmas-aboard the Mayflower. Having arrived barely a month earlier with no time to build adequate shelter on land, they were forced to weather the harsh winds and rains of New England winters onboard ship. Stowe captures their struggle for survival and their celebration of spirit under the harshest conditions with the same attention to cultural detail as in her renowned 1852 bestseller, "Uncle Tom's Cabin". Originally published in 1876 in a collection of short stories, "First Christmas" is now available on its own with illustrations by Joseph Crawhill. Hardcover. 44 pgs.
A delighful story about the annual rite of searching for, cutting down, and bringing home the perfect Christmas tree. Beautifully illustrated. Hardcover. 32 pgs.
Created exclusively for Maine Historical Society by local children's author & illustrator Jennie Brett. Beginning December 1st, open one window each day to reveal a Longfellow related image! Will it be one of the characters Longfellow created such as Evangeline or Hiawatha? Or maybe it will be family members, his dog Trap, or maybe even Henry Wadsworth Longfellow himself! Full of colorful illustrations to delight the whole family. Measures 9x12 and comes with a mailing envelope.
From A Partridge in a Pear Tree to Twelve Drummers Drumming, "My True Love Gave to Me" is a beautifully illustrated celebration of the most festive time of the year. Hardcover. 34 pgs.
A lush and lively book based on the traditional holiday carol. Readers of all ages will delight in learning about the hardworking people who treasure and share Maine's rich gifts, from shrimpers and bakers to clam diggers and knitters. Winner of the Spark Award. Full color illustrations throughout. Hardcover. 34 pgs.
From the snowy, wintery window of her art studio, Dahlov Ipcar sees a wild and wondrous world. With vivid imagination and vibrant colors, she captures a lively part of the Christmas season at her farm in Maine. From one shining star that graces the top of a living outdoor tree, she envisions many captivating creatures of the field and forest that come to visit. From young black bears to snowy owls, from evening grosbeaks to happy chipmunks, this book presents a lively panorama of wild creatures she has seen and enjoyed. My Wonderful Christmas Tree by the legendary Dahlov Ipcar is a holiday classic that conveys the feeling of the Christmas season outdoors in New England. Hardcover. 30 pgs.
Ever since it was published in 1978, the picture-book presentation of Robert Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" has been an enduring favorite. For this special edition with a new design, trim size, and three new spreads, Susan Jeffers has added more detail and subtle color to her sweeping backgrounds of frosty New England scenes. There are more animals to find among the trees, and the kindly figure with his "promises to keep" exudes warmth as he stops to appreciate the quiet delights of winter. The handsome new vellum jacket will attract new and old fans as it evokes a frost-covered windowpane. This celebration of a season makes an ideal holiday gift for a child, a teacher, or a host. Robert Frost (1874-1963) is one of America's most celebrated poets and a four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Hardcover. 32 pgs.