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A Christmas Memory

A Christmas Memory

by Truman Capote Illustrated by Beth Peck

Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin, Miss Sook Falk: "It's fruitcake weather!" Thus begins an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship between two innocent souls.  Buddy and his eccentric elderly cousin set out on a crisp day in November to reenact their holiday ritual of baking fruitcake. From poaching pecans to counting precious pennies, Buddy and his cousin manage to turn a traditional holiday practice into a declaration of true friendship and love.

First published in 1956, this autobiographical recollection of Truman Capote's rural Alabama boyhood has become a modern-day classic.

"a tiny gem of a holiday story" — School Library Journal, starred review

 

Ages
8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
4.9
Lexile Measure
660L
DRA
40
Guided Reading
S
Book Type
Chapter Book
Number of Pages
40
Genre
Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction

About the Author and Illustrator

Truman Capote Born Truman Streckfus Persons in New Orleans, Truman Capote was a writer, socialite, celebrated wit, and gossip.
Beth Peck

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