Marvin's Best Christmas Present Ever (I Can Read Book 3 Series)

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Christmas is coming and Marvin is worried. He wants to make the best Christmas present ever for his parents. His sister May always makes great presents; Marvin's are never as good. This year Marvin is determined to make not only the best present, but one that will last forever. Katherine Paterson's heart-warming story and Jane Clark Brown's charming illustrations create a book that will keep the spirit of Christmas alive throughout the whole ...
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Overview

Christmas is coming and Marvin is worried. He wants to make the best Christmas present ever for his parents. His sister May always makes great presents; Marvin's are never as good. This year Marvin is determined to make not only the best present, but one that will last forever. Katherine Paterson's heart-warming story and Jane Clark Brown's charming illustrations create a book that will keep the spirit of Christmas alive throughout the whole year.

Author Biography:

Katherine Paterson is one of the world's most renowned children's book authors. Ms. Paterson has received the National Book Award twice and has won the Newbery Medal for both Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved. She is also the author of two other I Can Read Books featuring Marvin, The Smallest Cow in the World and Marvin's Best Christmas Present Ever. Ms. Paterson lives in Barre, Vermont.

Marvin wants to make a great Christmas present for his parents that will last forever.

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Editorial Reviews

Starred Review/School Library Journal
A marvelous offering...one of the best presents of the season.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Marvin makes a holiday wreath for his family that becomes home to a bird family. "Paterson gracefully presents a struggling family in a joyful, never maudlin light," said PW of this I Can Read book. Ages 4-8. Oct. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
It is tough having an older sister whom is talented; she really makes beautiful Christmas presents. Marvin is really stumped about his special gift this year. Finally he gets a great idea; he'll make a big wreath to put on the side of the trailer. It is such a success that Marvin can't bear to see it taken down, but Mom comes up with the perfect solution in this delightful family holiday story. The colored pencil illustrations are a perfect match. Part of the "I Can Read Book" series.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2A marvelous offering that combines the sentiments of giving and sharing into a good story that fits nicely into the easy-reader format. Although Marvin's family is poor, they enjoy Christmas, exchanging simple, usually handmade gifts. But this year, Marvin doesn't know what to make. Finally, he decides to make a large wreath to hang on the end of the trailer, and allows his sister, May, to help. His parents are delighted with it and the boy is very proud. So proud, in fact, that he insists that the wreath stay up for Valentine's Day and Easter, and his understanding parents agree. By May, it has turned brown, and despite Marvin's protests and sulking, his father goes off to throw it away. He doesn't, however. He can't. It has been up so long that a family of birds have built their nests and taken up residence. Now Marvin is even prouder. Paterson ably captures moods or ideas with a single sentence. The watercolor illustrations depict a hardworking farm family and fill in a host of details not mentioned in the text. Like the satisfying story, they capture Marvin's earnest expressions as he reflects on his gift and then worries about its fate. Libraries will find this choice to be one of the best presents of the season.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2--Marvin gives his parents a homemade wreath that brings pleasure well into the spring in this easy-reader for all seasons. A joyous celebration of ingenuity and family love. Oct.
Kirkus Reviews
Although his sister, May, always makes the best presents, Marvin is determined to create a Christmas gift his family will never forget. Noticing the pretty wreath his neighbors place on their door, Marvin decides that it would be an ideal way to dress up the blank side of their trailer. His mother and father are duly impressed, but when the snow has melted away into spring, and the wreath begins to turn brown, the family breaks the news to Marvin that it's finally time to remove the wreath. They discover, though, that a new family needs it—a family of birds—so it looks like the wreath is there to stay. With tender simplicity, Paterson Jip, His Story, 1996, etc. spins a story of generosity, teamwork, and a young boy's ingenuity. Brown's soft, colored-pencil illustrations flow with the change of season and perfectly match the story's gentle charm.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060271596
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/30/1997
  • Series: I Can Read Book 3 Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Paterson was born in China, where she spent part of her childhood. After her education in China and the American South, she spent four years in Japan, the setting for her first three novels. Ms. Paterson has received numerous awards for her writing, including National Book Awards for The Master Puppeteer and The Great Gilly Hopkins, as well as Newbery Medals for Jacob Have I Loved and Bridge to Terabithia. Ms. Paterson lives with her husband in Vermont. They have four grown children.

Jane Clark Brown has illustrated several children's books, including the I Can Read Book The Smallest Cow in the World. Ms. Brown lives in South Burlington, VT.

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