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The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden

The Story of Holly and Ivy (1958)

by Rumer Godden

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This edition, illustrated by Barbara Cooney, is the one I'd buy for my children. It's clearly an old-fashioned fantasy, with a doll that needs a child, and an orphan child that needs a home, and Christmas, and a policeman, and a shop-keeper, and a happy ending. But it's one of the loveliest of the genre I've read, and, in bits, one of the more clever. The mean stuffed owl, Abracadabra, is one of the elements that spices it up. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
I'd almost forgotten this book existed until I saw it at the library. It was one of my favorites as a kid, and mine liked it as well. Great holiday tale full of all the classic children's books tropes: a plucky orphan, talking toys, homey details. Just perfect. ( )
  CherieDooryard | Jan 20, 2015 |
Delightful Christmas story of an orphan (Ivy) who is not adopted and a doll (Holly) left behind on the shelf at the toy store after all the Christmas has been done. They find each other, and Ivy finds her "grandmother". This is an oldie, but goodie. ( )
  thornton37814 | Dec 4, 2013 |
Stood the test of time, this will be a Christmas present for my niece this year. ( )
  E.J | Apr 3, 2013 |
The Story of Holly and Ivy, illustrated by Adrienne Adams.

I have always loved Rumer Godden's The Story of Holly and Ivy, a delightful little Christmas tale in which a lonely doll named Holly, and a lonelier orphan named Ivy, find one another and a home, all thanks to the magic of the season. But as I was rereading it this Christmas Eve past, it suddenly occurred to me that this wasn't the story of two lonely souls, but of three. Which, if you've read the book, might seem obvious. How odd that, as a younger reader, I breezed on past Mrs. Jones, and her quiet longing for a child, concentrating more on Holly and Ivy, whereas this time around, Mrs. Jones' narrative seemed particularly poignant to me.

It's a testament to Godden's skill as an author, I think, that this brief early reader/chapter-book - only sixty-four pages - can feel so fresh, after being read so many times, and still have something new to offer, upon each successive reading. The illustrations in my vintage edition were done by Adrienne Adams (as opposed to the more recent version with artwork by Barbara Cooney), and have a soft, dreamy quality that greatly enhances the charm of the story. I think my favorite is the end-paper illustration, with the bare tree standing in the village square!

All in all, The Story of Holly and Ivy is a sweet little holiday tale, one I would recommend to little girls who love doll stories, to young readers who enjoy magical Christmas adventures, or to Adrienne Adams fans. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Rumer Goddenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, AdrienneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Birmingham, ChristianIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cooney, BarbaraIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Ivy, Holly, and Mr. and Mrs. Jones all have one Christmas wish. Ivy, an orphan, wishes for a real home and sets out in search of the grandmother she's sure she can find. Holly, a doll, wishes for a child to bring her to life. And the Joneses wish more than anything for a son or daughter to share their holiday. Can all three wishes come true? This festive tale is perfectly complemented by beloved Barbara Cooney's luminous illustrations, filled with the warm glow of the Christmas spirit.

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Orphaned Ivy finds her Christmas wish fulfilled with the help of a lonely couple and a doll named Holly.

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