Synopses & Reviews
Generations of believers in hope and goodwill have made Valentine Davies Miracle on 34th Street
a treasured part of their holiday traditions. Millions of copies of this award-winning story have sold since its first publication in 1947, delighting readers of all ages. A facsimile edition of the book is now faithfully re-created, offering a new generation--and fans of the original--the beauty of the classic 1940s design. Details of how the book came to be written, and made into a beloved film, are included in a brief historical note.
Bustling New York City has lost its Christmas spirit to tawdry commercialism . . . until a white-haired old gent by the improbable name of Kris Kringle works a special magic down on 34th Street. The children know he's for real. But can the grown-ups open their eyes long enough to believe? Valentine Davies' treasured story -- perhaps best known to millions of people in its classic film version -- comes to life in this delightful book for children of all ages. The text is perfect for reading aloud, while nineteen exquisite full-color paintings by the acclaimed children's illustrator Tomie dePaola capture Kris Kringle with wonderful detail and character. Brimming with nostalgia, hope, and tender humor, Miracle on 34th Street reminds readers that, as Kris says, "underneath all the hurry and bustle people still believe in Santa Claus".
Tomie dePaolaand#8217;s beautiful paintings add to the classic story of a beneficent gentleman who may or may not be Santa Claus. and#8220;A highly recommended family or classroom read-aloud, this should quickly claim . . . its own well-deserved niche for many holiday celebrations ahead.and#8221;--Booklist
About the Author
VALENTINE DAVIES (1905-1961) was a prominent Hollywood screenwriter. He won the 1947 Academy Award for Best Original Story for Miracle on 34th Street. Davies served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was a member of the Writers Guild of America, which now presents the Valentine Davies Award as one of its highest honors.