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on January 1st 1970
Genres: children's, classic
Source: the library
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When best friends, Jack and Jill, tumble off their sled, their injuries cause them to be bedridden for many months. Their parents fill their days with the joys of Christmas preparations, a theatrical production and many other imaginative events.
I remember reading this book as a kid – probably pre-teen – and I LOVED it. I had a bunch of classic books (probably abridged) that I devoured in those years, and I remember reading this in one sitting and really enjoying it.
I was really disappointed in re-reading this as an adult.
The plot / story line is just so dull & slow moving. There are parts that are terrific, and parts that are terrible, but all in all, the plot would have been better served as a long short story, and not as a novella.
The book is obviously a product of its time, understandably so, but as a “modern” girl, I cringed through most of it, and yelled at the girls in the book. It’s very preachy as well – though, the morals presented here are morals that are sadly lacking in today’s society, so the fact that it’s preachy is not necessarily a bad thing.
I skimmed through a good chunk of the middle, because I just could not care less what “drama” was happening next.
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