The True Gift (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/10/1
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Experience the magic of authentic giving in this holiday classic from the Newbery Award–winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall.
All year long Lily and Liam look forward to the holidays at their grandparents’ farm. It’s always the perfect trip: walking to the lilac library, trimming the tree, giving gifts. But this year, thanks to a white cow alone in the meadow, things will be different. This holiday, Lily and Liam will find out the meaning of a special gift.
This holiday classic from a beloved author rings in the season by celebrating the joys of family, community, and true giving.
“Newbery Medalist MacLachlan offers a quietly moving Christmas story that illustrates the power of children to change their world…. Floca's delicate, full-page pencil illustrations complement the text with understated emotion.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“The simple, elegant prose tells a warm family story with a classic holiday theme. Floca’s graphite and ebony pencil drawings are lush with evocative detail and perfectly complement this lovely offering.” (School Library Journal)
“With MacLachlan's well-drawn characters and Floca's simple pencil and graphite drawings, it's a poignant story with a classic feel.” (Publishers Weekly)
A 30 minute read, "The True Gift" is a short chapter book about a kind-hearted boy whose heart for animals impacts his sister, his family, and eventually an entire town. Compassion, kindness, love, and doing the right thing for others (both animals and people) are the themes of this gentle, beautiful book. (Even thinking about the story while I write this review is getting me a little teary!!!)
I won't include any spoilers here, but will just say that this is a highly, highly recommended family Christmas tale. While it will be marketed as a children's book (and would be lovely to share at bedtime with your children), "The True Gift" is now this 41-year old woman's favorite book, bar none.
Thank you, Patricia MacLachlan! And Merry Christmas!