The First Christmas Stocking

The First Christmas Stocking

By Elizabeth Winthrop; Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)

Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780385328043, 40pp.

Publication Date: October 24, 2006


"Dream your dreams, my child, and knit them into the wool."

A long time ago a girl named Claire learned to knit by her mother's side. As the mother knit mittens, scarves and all sorts of clothing for the wealthy people of the town, Claire set about knitting stockings to keep her toes warm. Claire, her mother and father, you see, were poor. They lived in a stone hut, with little wood to burn and meagre food to eat. So Claire knit stockings and--with Christmas approaching--heeded her mother's words to knit her Christmas dreams into the wool.

Soon Claire became known as the stocking girl--with many orders for stockings to fill. One such order ensured her a handsome payment. Enough to fill her family's hut with light and food. But as she trudged through the snow to deliver the stockings on Christmas Eve, Claire was stirred to share her knitted dreams with someone truly in need.

About the Author

Elizabeth Winthrop is the author of more than fifty books for children, including The Castle in the Attic, The Battle for the Castle, as well as the acclaimed novel Counting on Grace (Wendy Lamb Books). The author lives in New York City and Williamstown, MA.