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The Wee Christmas Cabin of Carn-na-ween by Ruth Sawyer
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I just read Margaret Hodges' retelling of this Christmas story by Ruth Sawyer, and, I must say, I like Ruth Sawyer's original better because she uses a lot of Irish terms and Irish dialogue that make it seem like an Irish person is telling the story. As for illustrations, I like the illustrations in both equally well. Here in this version, Max Grafe uses soft colors for the Christmas Eve scenes, with deep blues emphasizing the cold and the magical quality of this special night. A glossary at the end, with the pronunciations and meanings of some of the Irish words, is welcome. This apparently was originally a story in her chapter book entitled The Long Christmas, which I haven't read but think I will next time the holiday comes around. Very atmospheric, and a pleasant holiday tale.
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