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Book Information: Fifty Plays for Holidays

Fifty Plays for Holidays (1969) [Collection]
by Elinor R. Alderman Constance Whitman Baher Marjorie Barrows Islay Benson Claire Boiko Margaret Wylie Brydon Camilla Campbell Patricia Clapp Eva Cole Earl J. Dias Graham DuBois Aileen Fisher Juliet Garver Mildred Hark Eleanor D. Leuser Esther MacLellan Mary Malone Anne Coulter Martens Jean McArthur Sara Sloane McCarty Noel McQueen Deborah Newman Jessie Nicholson Paul T. Nolan Janice Auritt Oser Mary Nygaard Peterson Marguerite Kreger Phillips Mary Thurman Pyle Helen Ramsey James Rawls Helen Roberts Sara E. Sagoff Catherine V. Schroll Adele Thane Myriam Toles Martha Swintz Watkins Frances B. Watts Sally Werner Esther E. Ziegler Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

This treasury of one-act plays for boys and girls offers a wide selection of royalty-free dramatic material for holidays and special occasions throughout the year. Highlighting this fine collection are comedies, dramas, and fantasies to help young people celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Washington's and Lincoln's Birthdays, Easter, Columbus Day, Halloween, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, and St. Patrick's Day. Other plays stress the importance of such events as Book Week, Brotherhood Week, Arbor Day, Election Day, May Day, and Pan-American Day.

The imaginitive plots, natural dialogue, and engaging characters in this book will appeal to every holiday mood. The traditional Christmas story is dramatized in One Night in Bethlehem and Two Strangers from Nazareth, while Santa and the Efficiency Expert gives Christmas an up-to-date touch. Past and present meet in The Handwriting on the Wall, when the ghosts of George and Martha Washington help save a modern family's colonial inn. The struggle for Mexican independence is the theme of the Pan-American Day play, The Bell of Dolores. The first Thanksgiving serves as the background for the dramatic events in Governor Bradford's Scissors, while a "living portrait" conveys the maning of Thanksgiving today, in The Pilgrim Painting.

The plays in Fifty Plays for Holidays provide a full range of acting opportunities for young people: Abraham Lincoln as a boy (Youn Abe Lincoln) and as President of the United States (Visitor to Gettysburg); the unforgettable St. Patrick of The Last Snake in Ireland; and the amazing "Think-Tank", who provides Book Week fun in a science fiction drama, The Book That Saved the Earth. In another Book Week play, The Haunted Bookshop, favorite storybook characters come to life for a speical kind of treasure hunt. For Easter, ther is a delightful version of the Cinderella story, Cinder-Rabbit, and for Halloween, The Wonderful Witchware Store features new styles in broom travel.
(from the publisher)

Edited by Sylvia E. Kamerman.

Contents:

  • COLUMBUS DAY
    • Beyond Mutiny by Mary Nygaard Peterson
    • For the Glory of Spain by Helen Roberts
    • The Ghost from Genoa by Earl. J. Dias
  • HALLOWEEN
    • Test for a Witch by Esther MacLellan and Catherine V. Schroll
    • Nobody Believes in Witches! by Martha Swintz Watkins
    • The Wonderful Witchware Store by Elinor R. Alderman
  • BOOK WEEK
    • The Haunted Bookshop by Jessie Nicholson
    • The Book That Saved the Earth by Claire Boiko
    • Books a la Mode by Mildred Hark and Noel McQueen
  • ELECTION DAY
    • Running the Country by Janice Auritt Oser
  • AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK
    • The Three Royals R's by Mary Thurman Pyle
    • Welcome, Parents by Eva Cole
  • THANKSGIVING
    • The Pilgrim Painting by James Rawls
    • In the Name of Miles Standish by Helen Ramsey
    • Turkey, Anyone? by Juliet Garver
    • The Thanksgiving Scarecrow by Eleanor D. Leuser
    • Governor Bradford's Scissors by Graham DuBois
  • CHRISTMAS
    • Hand-Me-Down Hildy by Sara E. Sagoff
    • One Night in Bethlehem by Deborah Newman
    • Santa and the Efficiency Expert by Frances B. Watts
    • That Christmas Feeling by Mildred D. Hark and Noel McQueen
    • Two Strangers from Nazareth by Graham DuBois
    • Long Live Christmas by Islay Benson
    • The Brownie Who Found Christmas by Adele Thane
  • LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY
    • Looking for Lincoln by Deborah Newman
    • Visitor to Gettysburg by Earl J. Dias
    • Young Abe Lincoln by Aileen Fisher
  • VALENTINE'S DAY
    • The Valentine Tree by Marjorie Barrows
    • Valentine Stardust by Jessie Nicholson
    • The Tiniest Heart by Frances B. Watts
  • WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY
    • The Handwriting on the Wall by Jessie Nicholson
    • Martha Washington's Spy by Earl J. Dias
    • George Slept Here, Too by Anne Coulter Martens
  • BROTHERHOOD WEEK
    • The Other Side of the Wall by Patricia Clapp
  • ST. PATRICK'S DAY
    • The Last Snake in Ireland by Mary Malone
    • St. Patrick Saves the Day by Graham DuBois
    • The Leprechaun's Pot of Gold by Frances B. Watts
  • EASTER
    • Cinder-Rabbit by Constance Whitman Baher
    • The Choosing of Easter Rabbit by Sally Werner
  • PAN-AMERICAN DAY (APRIL 14)
    • Fiesta by Jean McArthur
    • The Bell of Dolores by Camilla Campbell
  • ARBOR DAY
    • Weeping Willow's Happy Day by Janice Auritt Oser
    • The Tree Friends by Sara Sloane McCarty
  • MAY DAY
    • May Witch by Margaret Wylie Brydon and Esther E. Ziegler
  • MOTHER'S DAY
    • Mother's Choice by Mildred Hark McQueen
    • Time for Mom by Aileen Fisher
    • A Hat for Mother by Marguerite Kreger Phillips
  • PATRIOTIC HOLIDAYS
    • We, the People by Myriam Toles
    • The Yankee Doodle Kitten by Deborah Newman
    • America Is Song by Paul T. Nolan

Original title: Fifty Plays for Holidays: a collection of royalty-free, one-act children's plays for holidays and special occasions.
Original languages: English

Quotes:

Genre: Drama and PlaysChildren
Drama and PlaysReligious And Holiday


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Fifty Plays for Holidays (1969)
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Language: English

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