Christmas at Eagle Pond
Donald Hall draws on his own childhood memories and gives himself the thing he most wanted but didn't get as a boy: a Christmas at Eagle Pond.
It's the Christmas season of 1940, and twelve-year-old Donnie takes the train to visit his grandparents' place in rural New Hampshire. Once there, he quickly settles into the farm's routines. In the barn, Gramp milks the cows and entertains his grandson by speaking rhymed pieces, while Donnie's eyes are drawn to an empty stall that houses a graceful, cobwebby sleigh. Now Model A's speed over the wintry roads, which must be plowed, and the beautiful sleigh has become obsolete. When the church pageant is over, the gifts are exchanged, and the remains of the Christmas feast put away, the air becomes heavy with fine snowflakes—the kind that fall at the start of a big storm—and everyone wonders, how will Donnie get back to his parents on time?
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - unclebob53703 - LibraryThing
It is the slightest of stories, just seventy pages, and completely unremarkable. The only surprise in the book is the ending, and it is telegraphed very early on. To me the idea of the book--the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bookappeal - LibraryThing
If you want to read about life on a farm in the winter of 1940, you might like this book. If you're looking for a heart-warming Christmas tale, this isn't it. Read full review