December 15th, 2010 by Karen
In case the holiday music, ornament-laden store windows, and decorated classrooms haven’t already tipped you off, I’m here with a public service announcement for all Kidsmomo readers: It’s almost Christmas! Did you know? Surprise!
Last year, we dedicated a theme to holiday books and came up with a whole list of suggested reads. So this year, I’m focusing on just one story for the season: Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies.
Yes, the classic movie is also a book! It was penned by the same guy who wrote the original screenplay, and it was published as a novella at the same time that the film came out (in 1947). And as you can imagine, if you’re a fan of the movie, I guarantee you’ll enjoy the book. The novella is a close match for the movie, almost scene for scene — and you’ll find that even exact dialogue is represented! I was particularly delighted to see that the book closes with the precise words that Fred speaks at the end of the movie.
And this year, I was especially happy to have the book because for the life of me, I can’t find the movie playing on TV! What’s wrong with this world when they show the 1994 remake instead of the beloved 1947 original?! Thankfully, the book saved me from becoming a Grinch!