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Good Stories for Holidays   By: (1872-1963)

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Good Stories for Holidays by Frances Jenkins Olcott is a charming collection of tales that perfectly capture the spirit and excitement of various holidays. The book is a delightful read for both children and adults, offering a range of stories that celebrate different cultures, customs, and festivities.

Olcott's storytelling prowess is evident throughout the book as she weaves beautifully written narratives that transport readers to diverse settings and time periods. The author’s attention to detail and vivid descriptions make each story come alive, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the holiday festivities and experience the emotions and values associated with each celebration.

One of the strengths of this collection is its inclusivity. Olcott explores holidays from various cultures, including Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and even lesser-known holidays like Hanukkah and Diwali. By incorporating these celebrations from around the world, the author provides readers with a well-rounded understanding of different customs and traditions, fostering a sense of respect and appreciation for diversity.

The stories themselves are heartwarming and engaging, often carrying a valuable lesson or moral. Olcott expertly balances whimsical tales of magic and fantasy with more grounded stories that offer insightful reflections on the true meaning behind each holiday. Whether it's rediscovering the essence of giving during Christmas or celebrating the power of unity during Independence Day, each story leaves a lasting impression.

Moreover, the book's language is accessible and suitable for readers of all ages. Olcott's storytelling style is clear and captivating, ensuring that both younger and older readers can enjoy and understand the tales. The brevity of each story is also worth noting, making this collection ideal for a quick read during holiday seasons or even as bedtime stories for children.

In addition to the engaging stories, Good Stories for Holidays is beautifully illustrated, enhancing the overall reading experience. The illustrations expertly capture the spirit of each holiday, adding an extra layer of visual appeal to the already enchanting tales. The illustrations bring the characters to life, granting readers a glimpse into the magical worlds they inhabit.

While the book is primarily aimed at children, it holds equal appeal for adults who appreciate holiday-themed stories and folklore. Its blend of entertainment and education makes it an excellent tool for parents or educators looking to introduce children to the significance of different holidays around the world.

Overall, Good Stories for Holidays by Frances Jenkins Olcott is a delightful collection that brings to life the joy, wonder, and cultural richness of various holidays. Through her engaging narratives, Olcott reminds us of the universal values and traditions that unite us and the importance of embracing and celebrating our differences. This timeless collection is sure to become a treasured favorite for readers of all ages.

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By Frances Jenkins Olcott

Index according to reading level is appended.


This volume, though intended also for the children's own reading and for reading aloud, is especially planned for story telling. The latter is a delightful way of arousing a gladsome holiday spirit, and of showing the inner meanings of different holidays. As stories used for this purpose are scattered through many volumes, and as they are not always in the concrete form required for story telling, I have endeavored to bring together myths, legends, tales, and historical stories suitable to holiday occasions.

There are here collected one hundred and twenty stories for seventeen holidays stories grave, gay, humorous, or fanciful; also some that are spiritual in feeling, and others that give the delicious thrill of horror so craved by boys and girls at Halloween time. The range of selection is wide, and touches all sides of wholesome boy and girl nature, and the tales have the power to arouse an appropriate holiday spirit.

As far as possible the stories are presented in their original form. When, however, they are too long for inclusion, or too loose in structure for story telling purposes, they are adapted... Continue reading book >>

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