Macmillan Readers are still being published. Their extensive early-reader offerings these days focus on everything from Mark Twain and the Brontë sisters to Sherlock Holmes and James Bond.1
This 1951 book focuses on a modern family's Christmas, including the procurement of a live tree for the living room. It was illustrated by a group that included Helen Hansen, Sylvia Holland, Janet Page, Basil Davidovich and Ernest Terrazas.
This sampling of illustrations from the 32-page reader gives a nostalgic glimpse of a idealized 1950s Christmas that could be right out of Father Knows Best or Leave it to Beaver.
1. There's even a Bridget Jones/Renée Zellweger reader!