In this charming Christmas-themed picture book that feels like a classic, four animals deliver a lost package for Santa.
It’s Christmas Eve, and Bird, Rabbit, Deer, and Squirrel are eagerly waiting for Santa to fly overhead. When he does, a gift tumbles out of his sleigh, landing in the woods. The friends find the gift and read the tag: “For the new baby at the farm. Love, Santa.” And so, in spite of Squirrel’s grumbling—“It’s not our baby”—they set off on a long journey to deliver it. Sweet, poignant, and starring a cast of truly adorable characters, this is a story sure to be shared year after year at Christmastime.
About the Author
Kallie George holds a master's degree in children's literature from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of the Magical Animal Adoption Agency series, among other acclaimed books for children, and, in addition to writing, leads workshops for aspiring writers. Kallie lives in Vancouver, and Christmas is her favorite time of year. Visit her on the web at kalliegeorge.com.
Stephanie Graegin is the illustrator of Forget Me Not by Nancy Van Laan; Water in the Park by Emily Jenkins, which received three starred reviews; and Happy Birthday, Bunny! by Liz Garton Scanlon, which received two starred reviews. Graegin earned her BFA from the Maryland Institute for Fine Arts and her MFA in printmaking from Pratt Institute. You can visit her at graegin.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A beautifully illustrated tale of four woodland characters giving Santa a big assist on Christmas Eve. The dialogue between bird, deer, bunny and squirrel has a timely message of good deeds, friendship, and perseverance. Each character is unique with their own personality. From the cantankerous squirrel, to the intuitive bird, the optimistic bunny, and the tentative deer. Targeted at ages 4 – 8, but that would mean learning to read the book themselves. The story itself would be enjoyed by little ones being read to as well. The story is engaging and illustrations are colorful. I love the faces on the animals. The book would make a wonderful gift that would be enjoyed year after year. There is a gift tag on the first page so that your special child will always be reminded who gave them this fun and entertaining book.
There's nothing like reading holiday books to get ready for Christmas! Author Kallie George and Illustrator Stephanie Graegin have a new Christmas story out called The Lost Gift. Santa and his sack of gifts are flying over the forest when a gift tumbles out of the sleigh, unnoticed by Santa. But four animals of the forest, Bird, Rabbit, Deer, and Squirrel, take notice and wonder what they should do. The animals debate on what should be and this opens up many opportunities for discussion with your child in the The Lost Gift. What would you do if you found a parcel meant for someone else? Lots of right/wrong and feeling questions that could be brought up. What do you think is in the parcel? What are you hoping for for Christmas? George's story is thoughtful and I like that it's brought to life with animals as the main character. There's always one in the crowd - and this time it's Squirrel, who provides the negative outlook. Again, more discussion opportunities about friends. The 'word pages' are laid out well, offering up time to enjoy the illustrations as well. Again, lots of inspiration for talking about your family's traditions - tree decorating, visiting etc. for example. The faces and expressions of the animals are appealing and kind. Graegin's illustrations match the tone and tenor of the story, are detailed (I enjoyed finding the little house on various pages) and colorful. George has penned a wonderful message in The Lost Gift - perfect for this time of the year. Thumbs up from Little Guy and Gramma for this sweet, charming tale. The Lost Gift has been added to their holiday bookshelf, ready for future Christmastime reading
Four animals are in the forest waiting for Santa to fly over, when a present falls out of his sleigh. They see the on the tag that it's for the new baby and set out to deliver it. Although they think the gift is silly, they make an interesting discover--sometimes the joy of others is the best thing. I love how each animal has an unmistakable personality. One is grumpy and negative, while others are hopeful and positive. The illustrations are charming and engaging, really adding a spark to the story. The lesson of working together to do a job, even if the job isn't desirable, really shines through, as does the value of service. There are many little gems that show up in these pages and everyone from kids to adults will find them sweet. *I received a copy from the publisher. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book and all thoughts and opinions are my own.*