Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street

by Valentine Davies
Publisher: Harcourt
Hardcover, 125 pages
Price: $14.99

A white-bearded gentleman who appears at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade fills in for an unfit Santa Claus—and is asked to become the store's resident Santa. This Kris Kringle believes he is Santa, as do children from all over the city, and reindeer at the zoo nearby. A few skeptical souls try to have him declared insane, but miraculously, the State of New York, with the help of the U.S. Postal Service, comes to the gent's rescue by declaring that he is indeed Santa Claus.

First published in 1947 in tandem with the release of the original film starring Maureen O'Hara and John Payne, this story is now a treasured part of many holiday traditions all across America. Our family is no exception, and we enjoy watching the movie as part of our St. Nicolas day celebration on December 6th.

This facsimile edition faithfully re-creates the first hardcover publication, inviting new families of readers to celebrate both the story and the charm of the original design.

A Personal Note:

This is one of very few stories that has had a profound and direct impact on this bookstore: our policy for telling a customer where to find something even if we can't offer it ourselves is obviously inspired by its plot. Even if you don't like Santa tales, you can surely appreciate the self-sacrificial friendships and the goodwill found in its pages.—Eli Evans

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