First Edition, First Printing (with "A" on copyright page) in clean unclipped original dust jacket. Beige cloth boards with small turquoise decoration on coverl, turquoise lettering on spine. No fraying, fading or wear. Binding is tight and square, hinges are sound - no cracking. Pages and edges are clean, with clean decorated endpapers - small previous owner return address lable and neatly penned address at top corner of blank front fly leaf. Illustrations by the author. 99 pages. Dust jacket is clean, not price clipped (2.00 on front inside flap), has slight edge wear and a few short closed edge tears. Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. This beautiful and unique American Christmas story belongs to all our children, for it takes place in our own Christmas city--Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Hidden in a very old book, and in the yellowed pages of old diaries, was the thrilling tale of how the children of the Moravian settlement at Nazareth, Pennsylvania, were sent to Bethlehem at Christmas time for protetion from Indians. Katherine Milhous has brought the story to light and has made it glow with color. Here is the story, told to the chidlren, of how Bethlehem was given its name; of the Christmas crib made for the children behind barricaded windows; of teh Indian attack turned aside by the music of the Christmas trombones. And if the children who read it go, some day, to Bethlehem for teh Christmas festival, they will have an experience that is rich indeed. Collectible, gift-quality first edition.
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