illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman 1975
I picked up this odd little Christmas story because it was illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. An old woman living all alone grumbles about never getting to celebrate Christmas. Meanwhile, up in the sky, the Star Mother's youngest child is complaining about not getting to experience Christmas down on earth. So an arrangement is made and the Youngest Star Child is allowed to go down and spend Christmas with the old woman. To her he only appears as an Ugly Child knocking at her door Christmas morning (and he's referred to as "Ugly Child" for the rest of the story). But throughout the day, she is begrudgingly drawn into celebrating Christmas. A tree is brought in to her little house and decorated, a "feast" of bread and ham soup is made, even a Christmas present is wrapped and put under the tree. There's a folk tale feeling to it and of course Hymans illustrations are as wonderful as ever.
Other books illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman: