Dylan Thomas, one of the greatest poets and storytellers of the twentieth century, captures a child’s-eye view, and an adult’s fond memories, of a magical time of presents, aunts and uncles, the frozen sea, and in the best of circumstances, newly fallen snow. Dylan Thomas wrote “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” in 1955, in which he recreated the atmosphere of Christmas Past as he remembered it. Each one of us will have similar memories of the glitter and the emotions of this time of innocence, plenty, fun, anticipation, and excitement.
“This book is a classic in my family. Each Christmas Eve we gather up together and listen to the recording of Dylan Thomas reading this story while following along in the book. It’s a sort of autobiographical reflection on the author’s own childhood in Wales. The images and emotions Thomas is able to both capture and stir up in readers are incomparable. Highly recommend for children of all ages.”
“Scaring sleeping uncles by popping balloons. Getting a hatchet by mistake. Snowballing cats. Dylan Thomas has captured the perfect Christmas. Without any moral, very little plot, and a concern only for the child’s perspective, this little piece sticks in my mind better than any other Christmas story I’ve ever read. Between drunk Auntie Hannah singing in the backyard and the haunted house down the streets where a group of mischievous carollers get the living hell scared out of them, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” is everything Christmas should be: funny, happy, poignant, a little sad, and fattening. Keep a bowl of candy nearby when you read it. ”