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Retells the events of a special Christmas for a poor family in New York City at the turn of the century.


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Retells the events of a special Christmas for a poor family in New York City at the turn of the century.

30 review for The Lion in the Box

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Rollins

    A week or so ago a young mother told a group of us she was reading this In Morning Time with her children. If I am honest, I will admit I felt a pang. I would never read this in Morning Time again. But when I was heading out the door to babysit my granddaughters this weekend I remembered and grabbed this book and several others. Today, off and on, I read this aloud to Bella and Vanna and they listened! Tonight we finished it. I consider this nothing short of a gift from God. I am grateful.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Debra (WifeEclectic)

    This wonderful book by Marguerite De Angeli, is a childhood memory that I will never forget. The Lion in the Box: A Christmas Story, was a part of almost every single Christmas of my childhood. My mom would read to us every night and this book along with The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, was always on the list. I looked forward to this book every year and begged to read it again when it was over. I just finished it for probably the 50th time this morning and I am still touched by its simple messag This wonderful book by Marguerite De Angeli, is a childhood memory that I will never forget. The Lion in the Box: A Christmas Story, was a part of almost every single Christmas of my childhood. My mom would read to us every night and this book along with The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, was always on the list. I looked forward to this book every year and begged to read it again when it was over. I just finished it for probably the 50th time this morning and I am still touched by its simple message. The Lion in the Box is about a poor widow with five small children. Her husband has recently died and her home has burned to the ground. She struggles to feed her children and provide Christmas for them on the small amount of money she makes from cleaning offices. Lilli, the middle child, who is about seven during the book, longs for a doll. A real doll. One that she can hug without it collapsing, as the only doll she has right now is a folded tea towel that will collapse if she hugs it. Her little brother wishes for a train but plays with a pickle bottle instead. These children help their mother the best they can and know that asking for toys would be above what their mother can pay for. They struggle, but they survive and they love each other very much. When Christmas Eve comes a large box comes to their front door that could contain a lion or maybe something better.... This tale of generosity, service and hard work is a beautiful Christmas story, one that I will read to my little girl when she is a little bit older. It is a short book, I finished it in probably twenty minutes this morning but its message shines through. It is written for a very young audience but I don't believe it dulls the message. The most wonderful thing about this book is that it is based on a true story. Although some parts are fictionalized because the author herself was not there to witness these events, these children and their beautiful Christmas gift did exist. At the end of the story, the author writes a short epilogue that allows you to know what became of each child. I always loved knowing as a child that the story really happened. I imagined myself there on that Christmas morning more than once as I was growing up. It is a simple story. There are no frills in its telling, but it is beautiful. It will always be a part of Christmas time in our house.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Very sweet, and, one would think, a typical Christmas story. But it's mostly true, as an author's note attests. I liked learning little details like how to make the 3D paper stars, and about the Partners who helped this widow, and about the comic strip Foxy Grandpa. Very sweet, and, one would think, a typical Christmas story. But it's mostly true, as an author's note attests. I liked learning little details like how to make the 3D paper stars, and about the Partners who helped this widow, and about the comic strip Foxy Grandpa.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Heartwarming, cozy little story of a poor widow and her five children being blessed with a large box of Christmas gifts- practical AND fun, plus some tasty food! A semi-biographical tale.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This is a book I’ve been wanting to read since first hearing about it from @orangemarmaladebooks two years ago. It’s out of print, my library doesn’t have it, and it can be really hard to find in good condition at a reasonable price, but I finally did this year! So I knew it had to move to the top of my holiday TBR list. • I really enjoyed it and it’s only reinforced my desire to read lots more of her books. Luckily they are not ALL out of print!🎄📚🎄

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    A young widow and her five children celebrate an unforgettable Christmas when a huge box is delivered to their small flat. Schmaltzy and sentimental, and I loved every word of it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Luisa Knight

    This is a positively wonderful, enriching story! A poor family receives an enormous box at Christmas. Is there a lion inside, as the delivery man suggests, or something else? This is one of the best tales I've read about giving! If you want your children to experience and see just how wonderful it is to give, read this book. De Angeli does an exquisite job of capturing the ecstatic happiness and overflowing gratefulness of those who receive. It makes you want to think of someone you could do a sim This is a positively wonderful, enriching story! A poor family receives an enormous box at Christmas. Is there a lion inside, as the delivery man suggests, or something else? This is one of the best tales I've read about giving! If you want your children to experience and see just how wonderful it is to give, read this book. De Angeli does an exquisite job of capturing the ecstatic happiness and overflowing gratefulness of those who receive. It makes you want to think of someone you could do a similar deed for. Putting an enormous smile on someone's face is truly a gift back. There are illustrations too! Ages: 5 - 12 Cleanliness: A picture of cupid - naked. References Santa Claus. #christmas **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website: The Book Radar.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lydiathekicker

    A delightful true tale of a hardworking Momma with five kind children. This is another book that made us want to be better people, do hard things, and love others. Elijah read it first and insisted it be our next read-aloud. It was an excellent recommendation, which I happily pass on to you.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel {bibliopals}

    Sweet read. The kids all loved it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Morris

    This story is such a delight to read! I love each of the children who work so hard to help their mother who has to go out at night to clean, and who take care of one another. I enjoyed the stories they tell each other as they work together creating decorations for their Christmas tree. Each child is different. Their neighbors are special too. The setting of a New York flat in 1901 is different and adds a unique flavor for the story. In the back of the book the author gives a little background abo This story is such a delight to read! I love each of the children who work so hard to help their mother who has to go out at night to clean, and who take care of one another. I enjoyed the stories they tell each other as they work together creating decorations for their Christmas tree. Each child is different. Their neighbors are special too. The setting of a New York flat in 1901 is different and adds a unique flavor for the story. In the back of the book the author gives a little background about the story which is based on real events.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Roben

    Marguerite de Angeli relates the memories her friend, Lili, has of one special Christmas when she was a little girl. Set in the early 1900's in a New York City, it's the story of a widowed mother and her five children. The mother is originally from Austria and shares many stories of her life there with her children. They are a poor but happy family. It reminds me a bit of Margaret Sidney's Five Little Pepper stories. Marguerite de Angeli relates the memories her friend, Lili, has of one special Christmas when she was a little girl. Set in the early 1900's in a New York City, it's the story of a widowed mother and her five children. The mother is originally from Austria and shares many stories of her life there with her children. They are a poor but happy family. It reminds me a bit of Margaret Sidney's Five Little Pepper stories.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This is such a sweet children's book! I found a copy at Goodwill and I got it and I was pleasantly surprised with this story. It made me think of the things that I've been given and have been blessed with and the people who are not as fortunate and how I shouldn't be complaining about the little things that bother me. This is such a sweet children's book! I found a copy at Goodwill and I got it and I was pleasantly surprised with this story. It made me think of the things that I've been given and have been blessed with and the people who are not as fortunate and how I shouldn't be complaining about the little things that bother me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nevada Libert

    this is a really good book. about a brave mother who was poor with five children and still made the best out of Christmas. i love how she had such good coroage and how she new she could save up a nofe money to celebrate christmas.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Robinson

    This was one of my favorite Christmas books as a child and having just reread it, I can see why. My grandmother gave me this book when I was seven or eight and I was entranced by the family's story. A beautiful Christmas tale to share with the children in your life. This was one of my favorite Christmas books as a child and having just reread it, I can see why. My grandmother gave me this book when I was seven or eight and I was entranced by the family's story. A beautiful Christmas tale to share with the children in your life.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karen Beck Walborn

    This was a darling children's 'chapter' book that is part of my sister's collection, that is now very hard to find. It was a delightful & simple 'true' story for Christmas. A great reminder of the power of love & kindness. This was a darling children's 'chapter' book that is part of my sister's collection, that is now very hard to find. It was a delightful & simple 'true' story for Christmas. A great reminder of the power of love & kindness.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Meredith McCaskey

    One of my favorite Christmas books from my childhood. 💗

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mazzou B

    Much simpler than the other books by the author but still sweet! 'Tis a short story based off of the author's friend's childhood. Much simpler than the other books by the author but still sweet! 'Tis a short story based off of the author's friend's childhood.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susannah

    What a sweet, cozy story! Friendship, gratitude, love, and generosity create a memorable Christmas for five young children. The mother is a person to emulate. "It's your inside weather that counts," she taught her children. As a widow who had to leave her very young children to work nights, she easily could have given in to self-pity. Instead she taught them to be thankful, that "things had to be done whether you liked them or not," but "sometimes, the nicest things happened!" And the nicest thi What a sweet, cozy story! Friendship, gratitude, love, and generosity create a memorable Christmas for five young children. The mother is a person to emulate. "It's your inside weather that counts," she taught her children. As a widow who had to leave her very young children to work nights, she easily could have given in to self-pity. Instead she taught them to be thankful, that "things had to be done whether you liked them or not," but "sometimes, the nicest things happened!" And the nicest things do happen in this essentially true story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    A delightful little Christmas book. It's been recommended to me so many times (but always without any kind of plot summary or accompanying details) so I was eagerly looking forward to it, but not sure what to expect. It likely won't please those whose literary palates are trained to love action and explosions and BIG FLASHY DRAMA, but for those who can enjoy the sweet and the slow, this is certainly one to add to the Christmas rotation. A delightful little Christmas book. It's been recommended to me so many times (but always without any kind of plot summary or accompanying details) so I was eagerly looking forward to it, but not sure what to expect. It likely won't please those whose literary palates are trained to love action and explosions and BIG FLASHY DRAMA, but for those who can enjoy the sweet and the slow, this is certainly one to add to the Christmas rotation.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chanin

    This is such a beautiful Christmas story. It is very reminiscent of The Little House on the Prairie books, but set in bustling New York with the family of five little children and a Christmas surprise! I’ll be re-reading this aloud to my kids for Christmas.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    I love this book. It’s just as good as it was when I first read it 40 years ago. I’m so glad I found a copy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joy O’Toole

    A delightful story about a family at Christmas.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nabbs1

    Heartwarming Christmas story! Good for a family read aloud!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    Enjoyed the story but it ended so abruptly.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie Zilkie

    Delightful! Always good to come back to this one. Heartwarming!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    I was glad I stumbled upon this. I plan on reading it to my boys on our beach vacation when I should have their attention, and then they will want to hear it again during the Christmas season. I fully enjoyed this book, and to boot; it's based off of a real family. I treasure historical fiction. I gather that only the dialogue may be in part fictional; the rest I believe is true. I was glad I stumbled upon this. I plan on reading it to my boys on our beach vacation when I should have their attention, and then they will want to hear it again during the Christmas season. I fully enjoyed this book, and to boot; it's based off of a real family. I treasure historical fiction. I gather that only the dialogue may be in part fictional; the rest I believe is true.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    I don't care that this is a Christmas book, whenever I'm down, I'll pick this book up. This is the perfect example of kids that were brought up well. They had various chors to do, they were well-mannered, and pleasant. I just wish there was more of the story to read. And no, there is no "Lion in the box." :-) I don't care that this is a Christmas book, whenever I'm down, I'll pick this book up. This is the perfect example of kids that were brought up well. They had various chors to do, they were well-mannered, and pleasant. I just wish there was more of the story to read. And no, there is no "Lion in the box." :-)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    63 pages. Published by Doubleday & Company, Inc. Garden City, NY. 1975. A really sweet and charming story about the importance of giving and gratefulness at Christmas. A must read for families with children at Christmas.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Raquel

    This a sweet Christmas story about a family in the late 1800s who must learn to be satisfied with the little they have. My girls loved this book, and I know it has a lot to do with De Angeli's way with words! This a sweet Christmas story about a family in the late 1800s who must learn to be satisfied with the little they have. My girls loved this book, and I know it has a lot to do with De Angeli's way with words!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nina Ely

    Revisiting a favorite from my childhood as part of research for a project. Just as lovely as I remembered.

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