A Child's Christmas in Wales

By Dylan Thomas; Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763621612, 48pp.

Publication Date: September 2004

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Description
Fifty years after its first publication in book form, Dylan Thomas's timeless prose poem is echoed by the rolling, evocative images of Caldecott Honor artist Chris Raschka a beautiful gift for book lovers.
Bring out the tall tales now that we told by the fire as the gaslight bubbled like a diver. . . .
There are always Uncles at Christmas. And Aunts, of course, who might sing a little loudly after dinner. There are the neighborhood cats "sleek and long as jaguars and horrible-whiskered," the carols to sing at eerie houses, the Useful Presents and the Useless Presents, and the endless snow "shawling out of the ground." First published in HARPER'S BAZAAR some fifty years ago, A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES showcases Dylan Thomas's genius for language and remains the poet's most popular prose work in the United States. Chris Raschka's fluid torn-paper illustrations honor the poet's words, evoking their musical cadences and bringing us a fresh appreciation for this most lyric work.



About the Author
Dylan Thomas, born in 1914, began his career as a journalist in his native Swansea, Wales. He then moved to London where he worked in broadcasting and wrote film scripts, prose and drama to earn enough money to enable him to write what he most wanted to poetry.

He lived colorfully, even recklessly, until his untimely death in New York City in 1953. One of the 20th century s most treasured writers, Dylan Thomas was a master craftsman of poetic complexity and richly obscure imagery. Thomas s genius is made clear in this landmark recording through the everlasting gift he has given the word his voice.



Chris Raschka is the illustrator of "The Hello, Goodbye Window", which was awarded the Caldecott Medal. He is also the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor Book "Yo! Yes?; Charlie Parker Played Be Bop; Mysterious Thelonious; John Coltrane's Giant Steps;" and "Can't Sleep." He lives with his wife and son in New York City.



Praise For A Child's Christmas in Wales

"This beautifully illustrated A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES should bring Dylan Thomas's work to a new generation of children." —- President Jimmy Carter — A New York Times Bestseller

"This beautifully illustrated A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES should bring Dylan Thomas's work to a new generation of children." — President Jimmy Carter — President Jimmy Carter

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