From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4-A moving story told in a simple and straightforward style from a child's point of view. During a bitterly cold winter in North Dakota in 1943, a young girl's mother buys a manger scene at the local five-and-dime and discovers that there are two identical Baby Jesus figures in the set. The woman puts up a notice at the store that reads: "If you're missing Baby Jesus, call 7162." On Christmas Eve, a woman living in an unheated house with her five children calls the number in desperation, hoping to find some good Christians, and the narrator's family gives her not only the extra Baby Jesus but also some much-needed help. The excitement of the season and the special joy of an adventure on Christmas Eve shine through and give this story its big-hearted appeal. The message that "Jesus saves" is emphasized but not in a heavy-handed manner. The accompanying woodcut illustrations lack grace but evoke the feeling of an old-fashioned, small-town Christmas.-E.M.
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About the Author
Jean Jeffrey Gietzen is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in McCall's, Reader's Digest, Catholic Digest, A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul, and Multnomah's Stories for the Heart series. She is the author of A People Set Apart and Questions and Answers for Catechists. She is a mother of three and grandmother of four who lives in Tucson, Arizona.