The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll

The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll


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Newbery Honor–winning author McKissack and Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator Pinkney have outdone themselves in this heart-warming story infused with humor and the true spirit of Christmas.

Christmas always comes to Nella’s house, but Santa Claus brings gifts only once in a while. That’s because it’s the Depression and Nella’s family is poor. Even so, Nella’s hoping that this year she and her two sisters will get a beautiful Baby Betty doll.

On Christmas morning, the girls are beside themselves with excitement! There is Baby Betty, in all her eyelash-fluttering magnificence. “Mine!” Nella shouts, and claims the doll for herself. But soon she discovers that Baby Betty isn’t nearly as much fun as her sisters. Would it be more fun to share this very best gift with them after all?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375837593
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/11/2007
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 531,542
Product dimensions: 9.88(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: AD650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Patricia C. McKissack is the author of The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural, a Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Award Winner, and its companion, Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and other Wily Characters, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book. Ms. McKissack has collaborated with Jerry Pinkney on two previous picture books: Goin’ Someplace Special, a Coretta Scott King Award Winner, and Mirandy and Brother Wind, a Caldecott Honor Book and a Coretta Scott King Award Winner. Her most recent book, Never Forgotten, was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and received five starred reviews. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jerry Pinkney received the Caldecott Medal for his wordless retelling of The Lion and the Mouse. He has illustrated more than one hundred books, among them five Caldecott Honor books, including Mirandy and Brother Wind, written by Patricia C. McKissack; five New York Times Best Illustrated Books; and five Coretta Scott King Award winners. Some of his most beloved titles are The Talking Eggs, John Henry, The Ugly Duckling, Goin’ Someplace Special, and The Tortoise and the Hare. Mr. Pinkney lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, with his wife, author Gloria Jean Pinkney.

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The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Christmas book concerns a family with three young girls; one of them wishes very hard for a store-bought doll even though it's during the depression and the family doesn't have much money. Her father is able to surprise the girls with the doll on Christmas morning - but who gets to own the doll?I ended up really liking the illustrations in this title. The faces of the characters were so distinct and mobile. The characters are what stood out; sometimes the rest of the scenery was barely sketched in. It creates a lot of visual interest and engagement with the book. One plot element that I questioned was the father giving the girls a doll, and then, when one of them claims it for herself and doesn't want to share, he basically tells them - "work it out for yourselves," or something. I mean, ultimately the girl realizes that it's more fun to play with the doll if they all share it, so maybe part of the point is that the father is just giving them space to make the right ethical/moral choice. But it still seemed sort of mean and odd of the father to just leave the other two girls hanging once the doll had been claimed by their sister.But it was an engaging story with lovely illustrations. The text is a little too intensive for a storytime, but the book would be great to share one on one.
NMkimdykstra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personal Response:I thought this was a great story with a wonderful message. I think that it would be a good perspective for today's kids. Kids today wouldn't even be able to fathom the idea of three kids sharing one gift, and two of the kids just surrendering the gift to their sister (maybe a bit too unrealistic????). Nevertheless, I loved this book!School/Library uses:I love to read Christmas books during the Christmas season to my school library groups, this would be a great book for school or public library read alouds.
SJeanneM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful illustrations in this book. This is the story of a little girl who lives in the depression and she has two sisters and she wants a doll for christmas which is very unlikely in her family. Turns out she gets it and realizes that it is a lot less fun just playing with her baby doll without her sisters. Good story to illustrate the importance of sharing and sibling love.
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This book resonates with me because of the lessons it teaches, but the great thing is that Patricia C. McKissack gets these lessons across so well that kids who read it won¿t feel like they¿re being ¿preached¿ at. Three of the most important lessons I got from the book are: 1. People are more important than things First, McKissack does a beautiful job of demonstrating through a bit of humor that people are indeed more important than things. When Nella first claims Baby Betty as her own, she has a great time playing all alone with her¿for a while. Then Nella gets increasingly frustrated when Baby Betty doesn¿t respond to her stories or songs until she finally sees her sisters in the other room having a great time playing together and feels sad and lonely. It¿s not until she invites her sisters to join her and Baby Betty for tea that she truly has a good time. In fact EVERYONE has a good time, and Nella is finally able to say it was the best Christmas ever. 2. Be thankful for what you have The second lesson the book teaches us it to be thankful for what you have. The Pearson¿s have to fill the cracks and line the walls with newspaper to keep the cold out. They are in the Great Depression, and money 'and work and food and toys' is hard to come by. Yet, when the girls receive their bags of raisins and nuts for Christmas, they are very pleased because it¿s the most they¿ve ever received. And when they get the Baby Betty doll, they are excited beyond belief. Children who are used to receiving tons and tons of gifts may be horrified at the meager gifts the girls receive, and it¿s a perfect opportunity to let them know that are many kids out there who are less fortunate than them. It could also be a good time to introduce them to charitable giving and get them involved in helping out kids who are less fortunate. Perhaps volunteer at a local food bank, participate in a toy drive, or ¿adopt a family¿ for the holidays. Your children may have great pleasure going out and finding the ¿perfect¿ gift. 3. Share what you are fortunate enough to have Finally, McKissack shows us that by sharing what you do have, everyone wins. Nella is miserable until she asks her sisters to join in the fun and have tea with ¿their¿ Baby Betty doll. A great lesson, especially if you have kids who squabble over toys and other things a lot.