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Miracle on 34th Street

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,224 ratings  ·  291 reviews
Generations of believers in hope and goodwill have made Valentine Davies’ Miracle on 34th Street a treasured part of their holiday traditions. Millions of copies of this award-winning story have sold since its first publication in 1947, delighting readers of all ages. A facsimile edition of the book is now faithfully re-created, offering a new generation--and fans of the o ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1947)
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Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Do you believe that you are Santa Claus?"
"Of course!" said Mr. Kringle.

I was raised in a dark, distant time. There were no streaming services, no DVDs, not even VHS. Where I lived, we didn't get cable. There were three broadcast channels, and PBS, and you were at their mercy. They showed the holiday classics once each year, and if you missed that single broadcast - woe unto you! (Seriously. You DID NOT want to be the only kid at the elementary school water fountain who had missed the annual sh
"Can’t you let yourself believe in people like Kris—in fun and joy and love and all the other intangibles?"

Kris Kringle may seem like just another resident at the nursing home, but what is so special about him is that he looks uncannily like our image of Santa Claus… not only that, he believes himself to actually be Santa Claus! Sounds a bit batty, right? Well, that’s what many think. Only a few supporters truly believe him to be the real Santa Claus. And Doris and her little daughter, Susan, a
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Those looking for undemanding Christmas reading
Shelves: general-fiction
First airing in theaters in 1947, and based on a story by Valentine Davies (though the actual screenplay was by George Seaton) Miracle on 34th St. is one of America's better-known and beloved classic Christmas movies. In contrast, the novelization, done by Davies himself, is so little known that I had to add it to the Goodreads database myself when I began reading it two days ago. (I started reading it because one of my Goodreads groups has a thread for classic Christmas books, and I wanted to c ...more
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
Bells jingling for this amazingly heart-warming Christmas-oozing book. I can literally smell the gingerbread cookies, feel the snowy winter, hear the sleigh bells and taste its unique sweetness. Yes, this is exactly what I was looking for and I’m in love with it! My heart is like a marshmellow right now. What a lovely book! A Christmas miracle everybody’s in need of. Santa comes back to the town only to find it’s filled with cynicals and capitalists! However, he’s not the one to give up; Kris Kr ...more
Primrose Jess
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I have read where the author admittedly wrote it for a screenplay then translated it into book form. It reads that way and I loved it. I felt I was reading the movie but in a more explored, in depth way. I loved the experience.

I loved following Susan's path from skeptic to unabashedly believing in the existence of Santa Claus. I mean, if the United States Post Office believes in the guy, who can refute that? Reading about Doris's thawing from her divorce, which is
Stephanie Anze
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
"Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to."

Doris is straight-forward and frank in her style of parenting and as such Doris tells Susan, her young daughter, that Santa Claus is not real. When Kris Kringle begins to work as Macy's Santa and tells everyone that he is the real Santa, Doris worries as he winds up living with her and Susan. Doris is a skeptic and Susan is starting to become one as well. When Santa goes to trial to prove his identity, its not just these two that
Deborah Markus
Dec 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I can't do anything really crafty, but I can fill in the cross-stitches if you give me a counted-cross-stitch kit. (I like the looks of those better than the printed ones.) I've been working on and off for years on a tree skirt kit. It has dark blue fabric, and the picture is of some beautiful animals and a seriously awesome St. Nicholas, wearing pale blue and looking rather fierce.

I chose this pattern because I've never really liked the traditional Santa Claus – all omni-benevolent and generica
This is basically a novelization of the 1990's version of the movie. It was fine. It loses some of the magic that the movies have (the original one is the best). The audiobook is only 1 1/2 hours long so it made my commute go by quickly. ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
MIRACLE ON 34th Street
Written by Valentine Davies
1947 (reissue: 2018); Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (136 pages)
Genre: holiday, Christmas, classic

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RATING: 4.5 stars

I wasn't expecting to like this book, as the movie is not one of my favourites, but I really enjoyed it! I liked the characters, plot and writing. It is a quick read that I will definitely read again.

***I received an eARC from NETGALLEY***
Olivia L.
Dec 16, 2012 marked it as to-read
I am currently reading a book called Miracle on 34th Street, by Valentine Davies. I really like it because it is a great book for this coming up holiday, Christmas! I like it because the author does a really good job describing the characters, for example, Kris Kringle. "If you searched every old folks' home in the country, you couldn't find anyone who looks more like Santa Clause," Davies mentions. "He was a living, breathing incarnation of the old gent-white beard, pink cheeks, fat tummy and a ...more
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the most charming story about Santa that I know of. Reading Miracle on 34th Street will put you in a Christmas mood like no other -- I know it did for me!

The book closely follows the old black and white film of the same name, and the book also has a true vintage quality to it, making it seem timeless. It's enjoyable for any age, I believe.

Finally, I found a book that is worthy of rivaling A Christmas Carol of taking the title of "THE CHRISTMAS BOOK" (for me, anyways). It's a book that pu
Lisamarie Landreth
The 1940s Christmas classic moves from the big screen to between covers in this beautifully written story. Miracle on 34th Street reminds us "Christmas is not just a day, it's a state of mind" of wonder and joy. The perfect book to read with a steaming mug under your Christmas tree. For more on Miracle on 34th Street, we discussed it as a community towards the end of our November Book Club meeting. ...more
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Even after watching both movie versions over & over again, the B&W version when I was still a child, I had never read the book.
I loved every little bit of it!!
Neil R. Coulter

On a library visit just before Christmas, I checked out several books from the Christmas display. On Christmas Eve I decided to read Miracle on 34th Street to the kids, and we finished it on Christmas day. Previously I didn't even know there was a book of this story; I'd thought it was just a movie. I picked up the book because it's illustrated by Tomie DePaola. I remembered seeing illustrations by him for Oz, and I like good illustrations for children's books.

The short novel is written by Valen

Dec 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
I usually watch this movie every year, but really enjoyed reading it this year. The book was written after the movie, and it obviously follows the movie exactly. A very quick read.
I liked the historical background at the end about Valentine Davies life, and some info on the movie. It was interesting to read the Valentine Davies died at 55 "in the midst of a hearty laugh!"

My favorite quote from the book: 'Anyone could have faith when everything was fine. But real faith meant believing, rain or
Mari Anne
Jun 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is my favorite Christmas movie and until I ran across this book in a used book store, I did not know there was a book version. It's a very quick read and mirrors the movie. Still loved it even though I knew the plot by heart! A true heartwarming classic. The introduction was very interesting as it discussed the author and how the book and movie came to be. Definitely recommend to any lover of the movie! ...more
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This may be the first ever novelization of a film. It was written by the screenwriter and published just before the film was released. I loved the story - and as I read the film (the original) played in my mind - which wasn't so bad because it's one of my favorites of the season. "Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to" is the famous quote from the story/film. ...more
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
What an awesome way to start off the holiday season!! There were, of course, no surprises in this book as I've seen the movie several times, but what a joy to read. This book will have to be a tradition at my house around Christmas to be followed by the movie of course. Highly recommend. ...more
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
LOVE LOVE LOVE! Brings back the magic of Christmas.
Valentine Davies got the idea for this well-know novella while standing in line at a store during Christmas season. He took the idea to a friend who wrote (and directed) the screenplay. Valentine Davies wrote the story and they were released at the same time. It was a pleasure reading it though the story line was the same as the original 1947 movie. The story did help clarify who was who some because the men all looked alike to me in the movie with the exception of Fred, Mr. Macy, and Kris Kring ...more
Dec 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Written clear back in 1947 and it's still as warm and humorous today. I don't know where I even got this book, probably it was one I inherited from my mother-in-law's collection of books. It just seemed like a good little story to read for the Christmas season. My only complaint is that I wished for a little more development of the romance--I think what I wanted was a little longer story, really. I suspect the movie adds all those missing details. Now I'll have to go watch that. Can I borrow you ...more
This is a case of a movie that becomes a book. I’ve seen the movie so many times I know every line, but it was still an enjoyable holiday read!
Travelling Bookworm
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.”
Already a Christmas classic since its first publication, Miracle on 34th Street is a fast dose of wholesome festive spirit right to the heart that will have you all mushy and smiling despite yourself. It was heart-warmingly sweet and filled with those feel-good moments that are a must-have in all the holiday classics. It is a new favorite for the Christmas season, after A Christmas Carol!
Lisa Miller
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listening to this was nostalgic and uplifting,which helped renew the spirit of the season!
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas-books
I watch this movie every year. It's been my favorite christmas movie ever since I've watched it the first time. I was looking for some christmassy reads this year when I first discovered that my all time favorite christmas movie was actutally a book as well. I was nearly crying when it came in the mail. Even though I watched the movie again this year I really enjoyed reading the book also. The book was written after the movie and it obviously follows the movie exactly except for a couple of thin ...more
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
This is one of my favorite Christmas movies, but I never realized it was a book until this year (which should have told me something...). I would probably give it 3.5 stars; it's not the best Christmas book either but it's definitely worth reading.

I found the book to be pretty close to the movie but not an exact replica. The book read a lot like a script to me; usually when you read a book, you feel more connected to the characters than you would during a movie. But I felt the exact opposite whi
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Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014reviews
I have almost always loved the movie. I can now say that I love the book. If you love the movie, and, if you love to read, then, you should consider reading Miracle on 34th Street. True, it is not substantially different from the movie. But there are subtle differences, I found. I liked these differences small as they may be. The book is sweet and charming in all the right ways. I liked spending time with Kris Kringle, Doris and Susan Walker, and Fred Gayley. The book moves quickly, from scene t ...more
Dawn T
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
Santa lives at Macy’s! Even though I knew the ending cause I knew the movie, still made me cry :) I’m not sure you can mingle Goodreads reviews in with political posts but I finished it as the world is learning Moore did NOT triumph in Alabama. There is indeed a Santa. Merry Christmas to all!
"Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to."

Hello. My name is Katherine, and I’m a Christmas enthusiast. Not only that, I come from a family of Christmas enthusiasts.

For us, Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving for us. While other people are spending their Fridays trampling all over each other in stores trying to get the best deal on that flat-screen TV, me and my family are decorating for Christmas. After all the decorations are put up, it’s time to watch our f
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Valentine Davies (August 25, 1905 – July 23, 1961) was an American film and television writer, producer, and director. His film credits included Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Chicken Every Sunday (1949), The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954), and The Benny Goodman Story (1955). He was nominated for the 1954 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Glenn Miller Story.
Davies was born in New York

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