Christmas at Eagle Pond

Christmas at Eagle Pond

Donald Hall draws on his own childhood memories and gives himself the thing he most wanted but didn't get as a boy: a Christmas at Eagle Pond. It?s the Christmas season of 1940, and twelve-year-old Donnie takes the train to visit his grandparents' place in rural New Hampshire. Once there, he quickly settles into the farm?s routines. In the barn, Gramp milks the cows and ent Donald Hall draws on his own childhood memories and gives himself the thing he most wanted but didn't get as a bo...

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Title:Christmas at Eagle Pond
Author:Donald Hall
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Genres:Holiday
ISBN:0547581483
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:96 pages pages

Christmas at Eagle Pond Reviews

  • Candice
    Dec 11, 2012
    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. B...
  • Diane
    Nov 29, 2012
    A lovely novella about a boy visiting his grandparents' farm in New Hampshire during Christmas in 1940. 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 the...
  • Sally
    Dec 26, 2018
    A charming Christmas story, written as a memoir of the Christmas at his grandparents? farm in the country that the author never was able to really have. A call out to Jessaka for bringing it to my attention. 3 1/2 stars. ...
  • Jgrace
    Nov 03, 2012
    Christmas at Eagle Pond ? Donald Hall 4 stars It?s a pleasant, 78- page trip into Christmas nostalgia that ends with a sleigh ride. Donald Hall has written a memory of a 1940?s Christmas on his Grandparent?s New Hampshire farm. It comes complete with a train ride, home...
  • Susan
    Jan 25, 2013
    recovering just enough to sit with a pot of tea, a blanket and cat, this book which came in today's mail made me feel better for its sweet nostalgia. 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...
  • Gloria
    Dec 19, 2012
    This is not a plot-drive book. Rather it is a walk down memory lane. Based on mostly true events, the author recalls a different time (early 1940s)in a meandering recitation. Warm and friendly and you definitely get a glimpse into the past, but not an exciting read. Old sleds, sleighs,...
  • Terzah
    Aug 06, 2017
    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 m...
  • Roger
    Aug 14, 2018
    Hall at his prosaic best. Slows you down so you breathe easier with each page. Spoiler alert: Do not read ahead (not that there's much "ahead" in 78 pages!) The final sentence is a surprise. ...
  • Karen Witzler
    Jan 05, 2017
    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. ....
  • Mike
    Dec 24, 2018
    A thoroughly average and forgettable memoir of a 1940 childhood Christmas visit to Hall?s grandparents? farm in New Hampshire. He arrives by train, animals are fed, dinner is cooked, presents are opened, extended family are present, stories are exchanged, politics is lightly touche...
  • Amy
    Dec 25, 2018
    A warmly evocative imagining of poet/writer Donald Hall's Christmas in 1940. Although Hall spent many summers at his grandparents' New Hampshire farm, he was never able to spend a Christmas there. In this novella, Hall creates that longed-for Christmas when he was 12 years old, drawi...
  • Judi
    Sep 10, 2014
    there simply wasn't anything memorable about this book. Though while reading a page I could see the charm of it, once I turned to the next page nothing kept me thinking about what I had previously read. Reading the jacket I was thinking I may find Little House on the Prairie meets a Ji...
  • MissSusie
    Dec 02, 2012
    This is a short novella about a young man?s/boy?s Christmas at his grandparent?s farm in 1940 it is literally just a slice of life, he talks about working on the farm and milking cows and talks with his grandfather it is a nice story but I guess I kept waiting for more to happen ...
  • Sallie
    Dec 15, 2013
    I don't know how I missed this tiny gem last year, but I'm so glad I found it this year prominently displayed on a holiday table at my independant bookseller. Not only is Hall's prose deliciously articulate, but it evokes such a sense of place I felt I was in the house with him and his...
  • Ken French
    Nov 22, 2012
    A slip of a book, but as beautifully written as anything in Hall's magnificent career. ...
  • Linda
    Sep 03, 2013
    In 1940 a young boy travels by himself to stay with his grandparents while his mother is recuperating from surgery. As he helps his grandparents around their farm he thinks about the times he has visited during the summer and how it differs from this Christmas visit. Innocence, love...
  • John Mulholland
    Feb 23, 2015
    This book reminded me of the time I spent at my uncle Bill's farm. It was similar in that it was just a family farm that raised most everything that was eaten. I came on the scene in 1943 and went to the farm on and off the rest of my life. I remember feeding the chickens, churning but...
  • Julie
    Nov 11, 2012
    Brief and lovely, this story has all the ring-ting-ting-a-ling Christmas nostalgia and simplicity I love. This small volume will no doubt be given as a gift to more than one special someone on my Christmas list this year. ...
  • Jessaka
    Nov 10, 2018
    Have you ever wanted a book to not end? I felt this way about this one, but I will read it again some day. While Donald Hall wrote about visiting his grandparent?s farm in New Hampshire in the 40s when he was a young boy, he had actually never been there during Christmas time, onl...
  • Judy
    Dec 27, 2014
    I enjoyed this novella on Boxing Day. It was a charming reverie of a boy's Christmas celebration at his grandparents' NH farm in 1940. Offers insight into the life of a farmer's household at mid-century: the beginning of modernization, moving away from old ways, and the introduction of...
  • Jenny
    Dec 09, 2018
    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. The illustrations by Mary Azarian have the same deep quality. It is not a true story as Hall stated in the epilogue. He...
  • Volkert
    Dec 19, 2018
    A sweet, nostalgic Christmas memory of a boy spending several days with his grandparents on their farm in rural New Hampshire in 1940. One can feel the cold of winter, the warmth of the wood stoves. One can smell the food cooking and one can imagine the chickens being slaughtered for t...
  • Carolyn
    Dec 02, 2017
    I LOVED this! What a cute little book to spend a gorgeous afternoon with during the holidays. Set in 1940 on grandparents farm, chores included, but with resounding pride in the work. Oh beautiful scenery in detailed words. What a childhood to have, but we must not romanticize the past...
  • R J Mckay
    Feb 27, 2013
    Christmas at Eagle Pond is a nostalgic look back to a young boys' Christmas at his Grandparents farm in 1940 rural New Hampshire. It is a wonderful look at a gentle bygone time when a World War II was feared, a radio brought the families entertainment, and a phone call was still a thin...
  • Ed
    Dec 19, 2012
    The author (a former U.S. Poet Laureate no less) creates the childhood memory that he always wanted to have, a 1940 Christmas on his grandparents farm in rural New Hampshire. There isn't much to the story, but it's rich with vivid details of a time long gone. ...
  • Taryn
    Nov 22, 2017
    A Child?s Christmas in Wales for the rural NE. Very nostalgic. Made me remember my own country winter memories. ...
  • Margaret
    Jul 05, 2017
    Don't wait until Christmas to read this. But do read it again... and again... especially at Christmas. Donald Hall is one of my favorite poets and authors, and his books always delight. A great read for the whole family, especially older adults who may identify with some of the details...
  • Lee
    Dec 14, 2018
    Donald Hall has long been one of my favorite poets, and I picked this book up, thinking that I had read it before. I had not, and it is so lovely and poignant but not sentimental. Do yourself a favor and add this to your holiday reading, and don't pass on the epilogue. Magical.... ...
  • Hilary
    Nov 15, 2017
    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 G...
  • Tisha (IG: Bluestocking629)
    Dec 12, 2017
    What a sweet little book with a scattering a beautiful illustrations. If you want to read a book about life on a farm in the 1940s at Christmas time then this is your book. Not much else to say about this book just pure and simple. Family Christmas Farm ...