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Fairy Prince and Other Stories

Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

Book Overview: 

A charming family story told from the viewpoint of a nine-year-old girl. “You don't seem to understand," I whispered. "It's Christmas relationships that are worrying Carol and me so! It worries us dreadfully! Oh, of course we understand all about the Little Baby Christ! And the camels! And the wise men! And the frankincense! That's easy! But who is Santa Claus? Unless—unless—?" It was Carol himself who signaled me to go on. "Unless—he's the Baby Christ's grandfather?" I thought Derry Willard looked a little bit startled. Carol's ears turned bright red. "Oh, of course—we meant on his mother's side!" I hastened to assure him.”

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .A little smile crept into one corner of his mouth. He tried to bite it. He couldn't.

"Oh—pshaw!" he said.

Carol and I went out to play. We thought we'd like to see the Christmas-tree garden too. The snow was almost as deep as our heads. All the evergreen trees were weighed down with snow. Their branches dragged on the ground. It was like walking through white plumes.

We found mother's Christmas-tree garden. We found Rosalee and young Derry Willard standing right in the middle of it. It was all caves and castles! It was like a whole magic[Pg 55] little city all made out of white plumes! The sun came out and shone on it! Blue sky opened overhead! Everything crackled! It was more beautiful even than the Christmas tree in the parlor.

They didn't hear us.

Rosalee gave a funny little cry. It was like a sob. Only happy.

"I love Christmas!" she said.

"I love you!" said Derry Willard.

He snatched her . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This pocketful of stories -- gems from a time long past -- is delighfully, wonderingly told in the voice of 9-year-old Ruthy.

I love this author. She's so quirky...

This one hangs together more loosely than some of her other books. Each story can stand alone. But all the stories are about the same (very interesting) family.