With the Hanukkah money from her father, the little girl felt she "could buy the whole world" if she wanted. After school the next day she went from store to store in the village looking for the perfect item. She looked at hats, dolls, gingerbread men with clay pipes, and even a little kitten. As dusk approached and the stores were closing, she still hadn't made a decision. Then she heard the beautiful music. When she tossed her money into the musician's hat, he returned the gift by teaching her how to play the accordion. A lovely, quiet, reminiscence piece set in post World War II Germany. The illustrations, done in oil, bring the village and stores to life. The little girl has a thoughtful, dream-like expression-just what you'd expect from someone trying to select the perfect gift. 1998 (orig.