Miracle on 34th Street
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I chose this pattern because I've never really liked the traditional Santa Claus – all omni-benevolent and generica ...more
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*** ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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!
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 ...more
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 ...more
Davies was born in New York ...more