Christmas in the Time of Billy Lee

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One holiday season Ellie makes three wishes: that her parents will see that her friend Billy Lee is not imaginary; that snow will fall on Septon's Creek for the first time in fifty years; and that joy will return—especially to her parents, who always seem worried lately. Billy Lee always says, "There is magic in believing something good with all your heart." When Ellie begins to believe, all kinds of miracles occur, from broken tree lights twinkling again, to angel shapes ...

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One holiday season Ellie makes three wishes: that her parents will see that her friend Billy Lee is not imaginary; that snow will fall on Septon's Creek for the first time in fifty years; and that joy will return—especially to her parents, who always seem worried lately. Billy Lee always says, "There is magic in believing something good with all your heart." When Ellie begins to believe, all kinds of miracles occur, from broken tree lights twinkling again, to angel shapes appearing in snow, to the biggest one of all: a baby brother arriving soon.
Designed for families to read together on Christmas Eve, this story captures all the wonder and mystery of the holiday.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A girl's deepest wishes come true one Christmas with the help of a magical friend. Ellie confides in and follows advice from Billy Lee, a pal that her parents insist is make-believe. But when snow falls for the first time in 50 years and Mama and Daddy announce some happy news, Ellie knows that it has something to do with Billy Lee. The acknowledgment of money troubles and other concerns makes the magic feel all the sweeter, as Moser's bucolic winter landscapes and cozy portraits convey a hushed wonderment and warm family bonds. Ages 4–7. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
Ellie and Billy Lee are best of friends. When Mama sent Ellie to her Grandma Tucker's house after Thanksgiving, to deliver a basket of leftovers, Billy Lee walked alongside her all the way. Billy Lee was younger than Ellie but he knew a lot of things that Ellie didn't know. Like this day, when Billy Lee is telling Ellie about the snow that fell in her little town of Septon's Creek. Ellie knew for a fact that it had not snowed in Septon's Creek for over fifty years, so how did Billy Lee know about that? Billy Lee told her to ask her Grandma Tucker about the snow, so she did. Grandma Tucker told Ellie how people once loved the snow, but as their lives got busy all they could see was the inconveniences that it brought. Some people even wished that it would not snow, so one day it the snow just stopped forever. Grandma Tucker said you have to appreciate a thing in order to keep on living with it and people just stopped appreciating the snow. Grandma Tucker also told Ellie about the mystery of snow angels and encouraged her to make her Christmas wishes. So Ellie wished for snow, and joy, for her and for her parents, and for Grandma Tucker. Then she set about to make her Christmas wishes come true. Moser's illustrations befit his reputation of award-winning work. Grandparents will enjoy sharing this book and their own Christmas magic with young readers. This is a great gift title but is also an excellent curriculum addition to holiday stories and folk stories. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786818716
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,517,130
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerdine Nolen (www.jerdinenolen.com) is an educator as well as the author of several picture books, including Pitching in for Eubie, illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Her first book was the classic Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm. She lives in Columbia, Maryland.

Barry Moser is a renowned artist, printmaker, and the illustrator of more than 200 works, including, most recently, Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes by Margie Palatini. He lives in western Massachusetts.

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