The Christmas Child (Illustrated Edition) by Hesba Stretton

The Christmas Child (Illustrated Edition)

byHesba Stretton

Kobo ebook | December 2, 2016

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This semi-religious short-story is about a well-off spinster lady, Miss Priscilla, who lives in South Wales and who adopted a niece, Rhoda, as an infant. When Rhoda was 18, Miss Priscilla had no choice but to adopt the child of another niece. This child was named Joan. Rhoda and Joan were inseparable until, against Miss Priscilla's plans, wishes, and knowledge, Rhoda runs off, marries, has a child, and is deserted by her husband. The rest of the story concerns what happens to Rhoda and her child, and whether she will ever be accepted by Miss Pricilla again.

This edition of the book contains the four original illustrations, rejuvenated, and six additional Christmas illustrations that are unique to this edition of the book.

Hesba Stretton was the pen name of Sarah Smith (27 July 1832 – 8 October 1911), an English writer of children's books. She concocted the name from the initials of herself and four surviving siblings and part of the name of a Shropshire village she visited, All Stretton, where her sister Anne owned a house.

Sarah Smith was the daughter of a bookseller, Benjamin Smith (1793–1878) of Wellington, Shropshire and his wife Anne Bakewell Smith (1798–1842), a noted Methodist. She and her elder sister attended the Old Hall, a school in the town, but were largely self-educated.

Smith became the chief writer for the Religious Tract Society. Her experience of working with slum children in Manchester in the 1860s gave her books a greater sense of authenticity, for they "drive home the abject state of the poor with almost brutal force." She became one of the co-founders in 1894 of the London Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (created in 1894), which combined with similar societies in other cities such as Manchester to form the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children some five years later. However, she resigned after a decade in protest against what she saw as financial mismanagement.

In retirement in Richmond, Surrey, the Smith sisters ran a branch of the Popular Book Club for working-class readers. Sarah died at home on 8 October 1911, surviving her sister by only eight months. Source: Wikipedia

Title:The Christmas Child (Illustrated Edition)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 2, 2016Publisher:Steve GabanyLanguage:English

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ISBN:9990052381442

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