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Posted November 9, 2003
The Most Sought After Book of This Holiday Season
To say that Jim Burke is a gifted picture book illustrator is an understatement. Right on the heels of his awe-inspiring MY BROTHERS' FLYING MACHINE, Burke returns with A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR MAMA, where his gentle pictures offer the reader an inside view of a tender mother-daughter relationship that burgeons in spite of fierce adversity. Thompson's heartwarming text and Burke's rich paintings,filled with warmth, come together to create what is destined to be the most sought after holiday book of the season. Burke's painstaking research into the lifestyle, clothing and toys (especially the china dolls) of the 1930's, immediately transport the reader into the lavish world of the affluent society of the era. It is not surprising that this book has won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 'Best Book' Award for this holiday season. It is a book that truly depicts the magic that happens when families take the time to know and cherish what matters most in life-love and time for each other. Don't miss this one! It's Jim Burke at his best!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 7, 2003
A wonderful holiday gift for the whole family!
A wonderful holiday gift for the whole family! Lauren Thompson's beautifully written retelling of O. Henry's 'Gift of the Magi' exemplifies the true meaning of Christmas. Jim Burke's full page oil paintings are amazing. From the school girls gazing into the antique shop window on their way home, to the touching moment when Grace must decide whether or not to trade her cherished doll in order to have 'A Christmas Gift for Mama' -- this book is truly a gift for anyone who receives it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.