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Something for Christmas (New York Review Children's Collection) Hardcover – September 20, 2011
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“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
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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. . . .
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 a perfect first reader for my granddaughter who is in first grade. It is a lovely old fashioned Christmas story about a little mouse and his mother.Published on November 21, 2013 by Christy J. Wrenn
Our family loves collecting books and this is a wonderful addition to our growing library! Delightful book and enjoyed by all!Published on January 28, 2013 by Bronte "Mary"