Picks and Pans Review: A Northern Christmas

updated 12/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Rockwell Kent

Boxed in a design of angels and Christmas trees and illustrated with woodcuts, this quaint book is derived from Kent's Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska, published in 1920. It begins, "The south coast of the mainland of Alaska is a wilderness of spruce-clad mountains whose outlying, isolated peaks are islands. On one of these we lived, a father and his eight-year son." The man and boy make gifts, have guests and cook an elaborate holiday dinner. They don't make Christmases like this anymore; there aren't many books as charming, either. (Random House, $14.95)

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