Hannah's Bookmobile Christmas

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A warm-spirited Christmas story about friendship and generosity, with a touch of adventure.

Snowflakes like dandelion fluff floated in the air.

Christmas carols rang through the streets, and the

sleigh bells on Blue Bird's door chimed merrily as

people went in and out.

It's Christmas Eve day, and Mary, her young helper Hannah, and the ...

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Overview

A warm-spirited Christmas story about friendship and generosity, with a touch of adventure.

Snowflakes like dandelion fluff floated in the air.

Christmas carols rang through the streets, and the

sleigh bells on Blue Bird's door chimed merrily as

people went in and out.

It's Christmas Eve day, and Mary, her young helper Hannah, and the bookmobile Blue Bird, won't let a little snow prevent them from making all the regular stops on their route. However, if the snow keeps falling, trusty Blue Bird may not be able to push through the drifts to Hannah's hard-to-reach home by nightfall. But with good books at hand and plenty of treats to tide them over, who's to say a bookmobile can't also make a cozy Christmas Eve haven in the snow?

Blue Bird the bookmobile provides shelter on a snowy Christmas Eve night.

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Publishers Weekly
It's a snowy Christmas Eve, and Hannah and her aunt, a bookmobile driver, traveling their regular route, find themselves unable to make it home. Instead, they hole up for the night with cocoa, edible presents received from patrons throughout the day and plenty of Christmas stories on the shelves. Alternating chilly grays with warm terra cotta shades, debut artist Swiatkowska's paintings contrast stunning wintry landscapes against the bookmobile's snug interior in Derby's (Taiko on a Windy Night) cozy holiday tale. Ages 4-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Young Hannah rides along helping her aunt Mary, the librarian-driver of the venerable bookmobile Blue Bird on a snowy Christmas Eve. As they make their rounds, bringing books to those who need and love them, the weather worsens. Finally they find themselves spending the night marooned, but "safe and cozy" in the perfect white Christmas night, with plenty of stories for company. Swiatkowska's acrylic paintings provide affectionate portraits of the characters and their friendly interactions. The bookmobile with its yellow lights in the snowy landscape makes for a dramatic setting for the low-key adventure which ends with the assurance of a happy Christmas day for Hannah. A note on bookmobiles past and present is included. 2001, Henry Holt and Company, $16.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-On the day before Christmas as a snowstorm threatens, eight-year-old Hannah helps her Aunt Mary make the rounds in her venerable 1970 bookmobile. When the weather conditions finally prevent the two from returning to their homes, they spend the night in Blue Bird, sharing the gifts of food given to them by the grateful readers at their stops during the day. An afterword gives a brief history of bookmobiles in the United States. Even with a heroic librarian at its center, this plot is very slight. The acrylic illustrations are appealing, but the interiors of the vehicle seem implausibly spacious, with large windows, at least one easy chair, and generous expanses of wallpaper.-V. W. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805064209
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 11.38 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Derby is the author of several books for young readers, including Taiko on a Windy Night. She lives in Wyoming, Ohio with her family.

Gabi Swiatkowska studied at Poland's prestigious Liceum of Art. A freelance artist and former preschool teacher, Gabi lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York. This is her first book she has illustrated.

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