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Something for Christmas (New York Review Children's Collection) Hardcover – September 20, 2011

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"Here, the character of limited means is a small mouse, though his trouble is what to give rather than what to get, since “someone” (really his mother) seems to have everything….With exquisitely adorable creatures fit to rival Peter Rabbit, the book provides a predictable answer – love – that will make it no less enchanting to young children. Out of print for 45 years, the book was long a cherished favorite, memorably read aloud on television by Captain Kangaroo."— Pamela Paul, The New York Times



“In Something for Christmas Palmer Brown tells and illustrates with charming pictures in pastel colors an endearing tale about a small mouse who wonders what to give his mother for Christmas and a mother who knows what is the best gift of all—one’s love!” —Polly Goodwin, Chicago Daily Tribune

About the Author

Palmer Brown (1920-2012) was born in Chicago and attended Swarthmore and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author and illustrator of five books for children, including Beyond the Pawpaw Trees and its sequel, The Silver Nutmeg; Cheerful; and Hickory—all forthcoming from The New York Review Children’s Collection.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: New York Review Children's Collection
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: NYR Children's Collection; Main edition (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590174623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590174623
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I discovered Palmer Brown when I was eight years old. Browsing through the library, I fell in love with his charming cover illustrations, and when I got his books home, I fell in love with the warm, cozy world he depicts. This is a sweet, short book, with lovely illustrations by the author, which shows us what Christmas used to be, and still could be if we try. Reading it is a reminder of a gentler time; a reminder that will do us all good. Read aloud, it is a treat for very young children, and their slightly older siblings will enjoy reading it themselves.

I also highly recommend Beyond the PawPaw Trees and The Silver Nutmeg by Palmer Brown. These books, for slightly older children, are magic, pure and simple. . . .
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I read this book when I was about 8 and absolutely loved it. It is very sentimental and although I normally don't like sentimental books, I loved this one. Most modern libraries do not have a copy of this book and so most modern children have never seen and read it. Bring this book back into print!
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The New York Review Children's Collection has resurrected this fabulous little book that sadly went out of print. It was first published in June, 1958 and is now back for us to enjoy.

Little mouse is very heavyhearted on Christmas Eve and his mother questions him to find out why.

"What are you doing dear?"
"It's a secret."
"Secrets are better if you share them a little. So tell Mother why you look so sad on Christmas Eve."
"I am wondering what to give--someone--for Christmas."

She asks him what he would like to give that person and through a two-way conversation he suggests a list of things he would love to give. He finally comes to the realization that he is unable to make any of his well-intentioned suggestions come to fruition. Like a good reporter, after Mother asks him the "what" question she follows up with the "why" question.

"Well, come tell me, why do you want to give this person something for Christmas?"

His heartwarming answer just makes this little character even more endearing. It makes the reader want to reach in, lift him gently off the page and give him a great big hug. A beautiful exchange of words and actions between the two make his moving gift one of the most coveted and wonderful Christmas presents that a loving mother could ever receive. The book is short, simple and truly brings you back to reflect on what Christmas is all about.
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This is one of the 2 best children's books in the world! (This and The Bunny That Couldn't Hop by Annie Pryor). It is so sweet and precious! I bought a copy for each of my children so they have one to pass along to their own children someday.
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I haven't read this book for about 45 years, but still remember some of the lines distinctly. This is a wonderful children's story showing that love is better than presents.
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