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To ask other readers questions about Christmas at Eagle Pond , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Christmas at Eagle Pond. Lists with This Book. Nov 10, Jessaka rated it it was amazing Shelves: Have you ever wanted a book to not end? I felt this way about this one, but I will read it again some day. So in his heart he had actually had Christmas with them.

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After they had passed away Have you ever wanted a book to not end? After they had passed away he actually bought their farm. Oh, what memories he must have had. I wish that I had grown up on a farm but with an extended family. He even makes the chores sound wonderful, and for the few years that I lived on farm land, I thought that the chores were wonderful too.

I loved having chickens and cutting wood for our woodstove and on and on. His grandmother washed clothes in her wringer washer, just as I had as a child. She baked, and they made maple syrup which they used to make popcorn balls for the annual church Christmas party.

And she made homemade bread. Oh, the smell of homemade bread. And once a year she made soap. I imagine that she even made candy.

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As kids, my older sister Jeanette made candy. What tastes better than old fashioned chocolate fudge, the kind without the marshmallows? And if it is burnt and sugary, sometimes that is all the better. Who does this anymore? We have lost those wonderful days, trading books for the TV, trading woodstoves for central heat, and trading feather beds for memory foam.

I slept in a feather bed once when my step-uncle and grandmother took me to West Plains, MO when I was It was heavenly, even in the summer time. We have lost so much that we hardly know the love of the land. Christmas on the farm was wonderful. Here are a couple of candy recipes: Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally to a softball stage. When lukewarm, beat until mixture loses its gloss.

Spread in a buttered pan. Old Fashion Fudge 3 c. Add sugar, milk, chocolate, salt, and corn syrup. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil. Cook to a softball stage degrees , stirring when necessary.

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Remove from heat; add butter. Cool to lukewarm degrees. Do not stir during cooling process. Add vanilla, and then beat vigorously until fudge becomes very thick and begins to lose its gloss. Spread out in a buttered pan. View all 10 comments. Jan 05, Karen Witzler rated it really liked it Shelves: The crystalline fictional memory of this novella made me wake with tears on my face recalling my own grandparents.

Reminds me a bit of A Month in the Country having a deeply poetic and salvific quality. Recommended for those melancholy and stress- filled days prior to the holiday. Days later, my mind is still filled by this book The Man Who Lived Alone.

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I will be exploring m The crystalline fictional memory of this novella made me wake with tears on my face recalling my own grandparents. I will be exploring more of the poetry, essays, and picture books of Donald Hall former U. Poet Laureate in the upcoming year. View all 3 comments. Nov 15, Hilary rated it it was ok Shelves: We expected to really enjoy this book as we love reading about everday lives in different places and times, and love reading about winter, Christmas and snow. The story starts off well with a young boy going to stay on his grandparents farm for Christmas.

We enjoyed the detail of how Grandfather liked to recite stories and events and we enjoyed googling 'moxie' to find out whatever it was Grandma was drinking! After that we found the book which we thought was a memoir a bit flat. There were a co We expected to really enjoy this book as we love reading about everday lives in different places and times, and love reading about winter, Christmas and snow. Also a young boy who has always dreamed of owning skates is given some and is so excited about using them goes skating before his 5 am chores and consequently is late so his father takes him back to the lake, cuts a hole in the ice and drops his skates through.

We were interested to read the end note by the author about his grandparents and the farm and it turned out that it wasn't a memoir and he'd never even been there as a child in winter and it was just what he imagined it would be like, my daughter wondered why he didn't imagine something nicer! View all 9 comments. Nov 29, Diane rated it it was amazing Shelves: A lovely novella about a boy visiting his grandparents' farm in New Hampshire during Christmas in Donnie helps with the chores, makes popcorn balls to decorate the tree, listens to his grandfather's stories and gets to attend the church's big Christmas party.

On Christmas Day they have a feast -- everything but the salt and pepper came from the farm -- and they share more family stories. This book brought back fond memories of Christmas visits to my grandparents' farm when I was young, and A lovely novella about a boy visiting his grandparents' farm in New Hampshire during Christmas in This book brought back fond memories of Christmas visits to my grandparents' farm when I was young, and if my grandmother were still alive, I would share this wonderful story with her.

Be sure to read the author's note at the end, for it makes the book especially bittersweet. Dec 11, Candice rated it really liked it Recommends it for: People who like holiday stories that make them smile. I had read some of Donald Hall 's poetry and when this became available on Nook's "Daily Find" I decided it would make a nice addition to my holiday books. The way you should read this book is with snow falling outside, a fire in the fireplace, and a mug of hot chocolate in your hand. But it's still enjoyable with no snow, fire or hot chocolate. A sweet story of a long-ago New England Christmas with loving grandparents and a year-old boy.

The ending was predictable, but that didn't less I had read some of Donald Hall 's poetry and when this became available on Nook's "Daily Find" I decided it would make a nice addition to my holiday books. The ending was predictable, but that didn't lessen the enjoyment of the book at all. After reading the book, you must read the Author's Note. I won't say why. Nov 03, Jgrace rated it really liked it Shelves: It comes complete with a train ride, homemade meals, a Christmas pageant and presents.

The interesting point about this little book is that Hall didn't ever spend a Christmas with his Grandparents. He has written a memory for himself and his readers to enjoy.


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The truly best part of this little book were the woodcut illustrations by Mary Azarian, They were beautiful. Aug 06, Terzah rated it really liked it Shelves: A simple, charming seasonal story, richer in description than plot, by a former Poet Laureate. As someone with my own fantasy about the ideal locale for a family Christmas in my case, a cabin in the Rocky Mountains , I appreciated Hall's details. Maybe someday I'll be able to afford my own Christmas dream; for now, though, I might follow the author's lead and write it up from my imagination.

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What I assumed was memoir turned out to be something more sad at the end. Lovely prose as always by the old master Donald Hall. Savor an hour with this small glimpse of the past. Nov 22, Ken French rated it really liked it Shelves: A slip of a book, but as beautifully written as anything in Hall's magnificent career. Dec 09, Jenny Savage rated it liked it Shelves: This was an unpretentious and delightful story full of vignettes and characters that are simple, yet remind me of the good people I grew up with and those I know now.

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The illustrations by Mary Azarian have the same deep quality. It is not a true story as Hall stated in the epilogue. He wrote it because it was a story he always wished had happened. And that makes it all the more poignant. This is my first Donald Hall book, but not my last. Dec 02, MissSusie rated it liked it Shelves: I liked the ending and could feel the snow and smell the farm, and I too wanted a ride in the sleigh.

I enjoyed the postscript by the author of what this event in his life really was, make sure you read all the way to end the end to get the rest of the story. A charming nostalgic tale I would recommend for a read around Christmas. Feb 23, John Mulholland rated it really liked it. This book reminded me of the time I spent at my uncle Bill's farm. The only surprise in the book is the ending, and it is telegraphed very early on. To me the idea of the book--the If you want to read about life on a farm in the winter of , you might like this book.

If you're looking for a heart-warming Christmas tale, this isn't it. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, awarded by the president. Caldecott Medalist Mary Azarian is a consummate gardener and a skilled and original woodblock artist.

Many of her prints are heavily influenced by her love of gardening, and her turn-of-the-century farmhouse is surrounded by gardens that reveal an artist's vision.