Finding Christmas

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In this luminous picture book, a young girl wanders through the snow on Christmas Eve, looking for a gift for a very special someone (her baby brother, we later learn). She happens upon a glowing toy shop, but before she can select a present, a mysterious old gentleman—Santa himself—scoops up everything in the store. All seems to be lost until Santa sends the perfect gift spinning from his sleigh, helping the girl find Christmas after all.
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Overview

In this luminous picture book, a young girl wanders through the snow on Christmas Eve, looking for a gift for a very special someone (her baby brother, we later learn). She happens upon a glowing toy shop, but before she can select a present, a mysterious old gentleman—Santa himself—scoops up everything in the store. All seems to be lost until Santa sends the perfect gift spinning from his sleigh, helping the girl find Christmas after all.
Rich illustrations illuminate this heartwarming story about generosity and the Christmas spirit. A visual standout with its oversized trim, the cover features red-foil type and embossed snowflakes.

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Matching the perfect gift with the perfect person is a neat trick. One girl's hopefulness and selfless shopping efforts in this pursuit are rewarded beyond her dreams when she wanders into a magical-looking, out-of-the-way shop on snowy December Lane. A hefty store customer wearing a too-tight coat and sporting a white beard and twinkle in his eye (plus some elfin shop assistants) let sharp readers in on the establishment's special secret. Anderson's (The Tin Forest) artwork, largely awash in the bleak pencil gray of a winter's night in the city, springs to life via touches of warm light and the girl's red coat, giving this lovely fantasy some memorable depth. Ages 3-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
It is Christmas Eve and a young girl has been unsuccessfully searching for weeks for a present for someone special. When she finally comes upon a shop full of many wonderful toys, by the time she is waited on, another customer has filled a sack and taken everything. Although she despairs, a clerk reassures her that "sometimes the best presents are the ones that find us." Snow begins to fall, and she feels that at least she can share this wonder with her special someone. Then, magically, from the sky falls an extra-special present that she can bring home for her extra-special baby brother's first Christmas. For this heart-warming but a bit puzzling story a magical atmosphere is deftly created with colored pencils on large single and double pages. Anderson's snowy cityscape is at first "gray and cold and empty," but with subtle touches of yellow lamplights. Most inventive are the scenes in the toyshop where bearded clerks dash around amid shelves and floors overflowing with odd birds, huge stuffed mice and teeth-gnashing dragons. The portrait of our heroine's anxiety as she finds herself ignored in all the frenetic action is in telling counterpoint to that of her joy as she gives her brother her gift. The true Christmas spirit pervades the story, but is that Santa Claus taking all the toys? 2004, Dutton Children's Books/ Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Late on Christmas Eve, a little girl is still seeking the perfect present for her baby brother. She finds a mysterious shop overflowing with toys, but before she can get someone to assist her, another shopper (whom children will realize is Santa Claus) scoops every single item into a sack and hauls it out the door. She is told, "Not to worry, sometimes the best presents are the ones that find us." Instead of despairing, she decides that her brother would love the newly falling snow, but then a stuffed animal miraculously falls from the sky, a gift from Santa. The images of the little girl wandering alone along dark streets and the Dickensian toy shop with its elf-eared shop assistants give this large picture book a surreal, almost eerie quality. Despite the vagueness of the moral (did Santa give the bear to the girl because of her tenacity or because of her resignation?), the spectacle of the toy shop with its fabulous array of strange and wonderful playthings will entice young children.-E. M. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525473008
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/16/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.14 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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