Josie's Gift

Josie's Gift

by Kathleen Long Bostrom, Frank Ordaz
     
 

This Christmas will be the most difficult one for Josie, her mother and little brother, Bobby Joe. It is the first holiday for this depression era family since the death of their father and husband. He had always taught this simple family that "Christmas is not about what we want. It's about what we have." But this Christmas, all Josie could think about is what she

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This Christmas will be the most difficult one for Josie, her mother and little brother, Bobby Joe. It is the first holiday for this depression era family since the death of their father and husband. He had always taught this simple family that "Christmas is not about what we want. It's about what we have." But this Christmas, all Josie could think about is what she had lost.

Trying to fill the emptiness, Josie begs her mother for a new blue sweater she has been admiring in the store window for weeks. She knows that they can't afford it, but she wants desperately to know joy again. But in the form of three visitors and a surprise sacrificial gift on Christmas morning, Josie finds the joy she is seeking in the true meaning of Christmas.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As Christmas approaches in this pleasingly sentimental tale, young Josie has her heart set on a blue sweater with "twelve shimmering, pearl-white buttons." But with the Depression on, Josie knows she should try to embrace the words of her late father: "Christmas is not about what we want. It is about what we have." Josie finds her sweater under the tree, but it doesn't give her the joy she expects. Luckily, fate offers her a way to heed her father's advice and fill her soul with true Christmas spirit. Ordaz's (The Very First Christmas) softly lit, realistic portraits take readers to the 1930s while harnessing a range of childlike emotions. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
It is the first Christmas without Papa who has always carved a new figure for the creche scene. Twelve-year-old Josie cannot think beyond what she has lost. And of course, there will be no new figure added to the creche scene. She fixes her attention on a beautiful store-bought cardigan sweater which the Depression-era family cannot afford in their new circumstances. "Christmas is not about what we want. It is about what we have," reminds Mama. But the family continues on with its traditions, baking, taking care of each other, and going to church. On Christmas Eve, unable to sleep or to wait for morning, Josie opens a present by herself and there is the hoped-for sweater. As she walks out in the snow to visit the animals in the barn, she is suddenly aware that a poor family has paused there and she does a very generous thing. When she returns to the house, she realizes that she is the one who has been added to kneel before the wooden baby in the manger. The oversized book features illustrations which spread over three-quarters of a spread giving the story a leisurely and elegant look. Ordaz uses warm colors and browns to portray the interior and Josie, her brother, and Mama all shine with inner light. It is a story about one girl's realization of the true meaning of Christmas that delivers its Christian message quietly. 2005, Broadman & Holman Publishers, Ages 5 to 9.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805430202
Publisher:
B&H Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Kathleen Long Bostrom is an accomplished author who has written numerous children's books, including Sunrise Hill and Mary's Happy Christmas Day. She lives in Wildwood, Illinois, with her husband and three children.

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