A gift for the children

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John Day Co., 1973 - Juvenile Fiction - 152 pages
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Twenty-two stories recount the adventures of children at Christmas and other times of the year.

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Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker was born on June 26, 1892, in HiPearl Comfort Sydenstricker was born on June 26, 1892, in Hillsboro, West Virginia. Her parents were Southern Presbyterillsboro, West Virginia. Her parents were Southern Presbyterian missionaries, most often stationed in China, and from chian missionaries, most often stationed in China, and from childhood, Pearl spoke both English and Chinese. She returned tldhood, Pearl spoke both English and Chinese. She returned to China shortly after graduation from Randolph-Macon Woman'so China shortly after graduation from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1914, and the following College in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1914, and the following year, she met a young agricultural economist named John Lossyear, she met a young agricultural economist named John Lossing Buck. They married in 1917, and immediately moved to Naning Buck. They married in 1917, and immediately moved to Nanhsuchou in rural Anhwei province. In this impoverished commuhsuchou in rural Anhwei province. In this impoverished community, Pearl Buck gathered the material that she would later nity, Pearl Buck gathered the material that she would later use in "The Good Earth" and other stories of China.

Pearl use in "The Good Earth" and other stories of China.

Pearl began to publish stories and essays in the 1920s, in magazinbegan to publish stories and essays in the 1920s, in magazines such as "The Nation, The Chinese Recorder, Asia, " and "Tes such as "The Nation, The Chinese Recorder, Asia, " and "The Atlantic Monthly." Her first novel, "East Wind, West Windhe Atlantic Monthly." Her first novel, "East Wind, West Wind, " was published by the John Day Company in 1930. John Day', " was published by the John Day Company in 1930. John Day's publisher, Richard Walsh, would eventually become Pearl's s publisher, Richard Walsh, would eventually become Pearl's second husband, in 1935, after both received divorces.

In second husband, in 1935, after both received divorces.

In 1931, John Day published Pearl's second novel, "The Good Ear1931, John Day published Pearl's second novel, "The Good Earth." This became the bestselling book of both 1931 and 1932,th." This became the bestselling book of both 1931 and 1932, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Howells Medal in 1935, and w won the Pulitzer Prize and the Howells Medal in 1935, and would be adapted as a major MGM film in 1937. Other novels anould be adapted as a major MGM film in 1937. Other novels and books of nonfiction quickly followed. In 1938, less than ad books of nonfiction quickly followed. In 1938, less than a decade after her first book had appeared, Pearl won the Nob decade after her first book had appeared, Pearl won the Nobel Prize in literature, the first American woman to do so. Bel Prize in literature, the first American woman to do so. By the time of her death in 1973, Pearl had published more thy the time of her death in 1973, Pearl had published more than seventy books: novels, collections of stories, biography an seventy books: novels, collections of stories, biography and autobiography, poetry, drama, children's literature, andand autobiography, poetry, drama, children's literature, and translations from the Chinese. She is buried at Green Hills translations from the Chinese. She is buried at Green Hills Farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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