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Children's LiteratureTrees and houses decorated for the holidays make this quiet story suitable for the Christmas season, but the book can be shared any time. An old man lives alone on his farm in the woods, and the illustrations reflect this setting perfectly. Having lost his spirit when his wife died in the spring, he is sure there will be no Christmas tree or Christmas star this year. Now the snow is falling and a terrible blizzard covers the town with snow. When he finds a mare separated from her herd of wild horses, he coaxes her into his warm barn. On Christmas morning, the farmer finds snuggled against the mare a newborn foal marked with a star on her forehead. The man now looks forward to tomorrow. A good choice for family sharing or in a small group where the book can be discussed, Winter's Gift is perfect for young horse lovers. The story might also be comforting to a child who has recently lost a loved one. 2004, Sleeping Bear Press, Ages 4 up.