One Hundred Shining Candles
Publication Date: October 28, 2008
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Ten-year-old Lucy is a pioneer girl in the Upper Canada of 1800. Her imagination fired by the schoolmaster's stories of Christmas memories, Lucy sets about making a special Yuletide gift something her frail mother will be able to remember and cherish forever. But even with the unwelcome help of her little brother, Dan, making one hundred handmade candles to light on Christmas night is a daunting task. Limited supplies and resources make the job that much harder, but in the end it is Lucy's own bossiness that nearly causes a disaster. Deeply disappointed in herself, Lucy accepts the sacrifice Dan offers to make, and together the children manage to create the most wonderful of all Christmases.
One Hundred Shining Candles, written by one of Canada's best writers for children, shows readers of all ages the true joy of giving from the heart. Delicate illustrations throughout perfectly depict this gentle story set against harsh times.
Ann Spencer is a broadcast journalist with CBC Radio. She also has a degree in music and teaches music and drama when she's not writing. She is the author of the adult biography, "Alone at Sea: The Adventures of Joshua Slocum," and a collection of stories for children about the sea entitled "Song of the Sea: Myths, Tales, and Folklore." She is also the mother of two young boys.
Lindsay Grater is a well-established artist. She is a graduate of the Department of Fine Arts at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and has worked as an exhibiting artist and an author- illustrator. She has contributed to many books and magazines and has created packaging, fabrics, catalogues, menus, and posters. Her preferred media are pencil, watercolor, and etching.
“. . . a heartwarming Christmas story. . . . [T]he gentle full-color illustrations . . . are as attractive as the . . . text.”
— Kirkus Reviews