Just Right for Christmas
Birdie Black & Rosalind Bearshaw
Candlewick, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
story about the joy of giving, this picture book begins on Christmas Eve when a king sees some beautiful red cloth and purchases it so that his sewing maids can make a lovely cloak for the princess.
his is where the story really becomes interesting. The cloth scraps are bundled up and placed outside the castle door. The castle's kitchen maid finds the red cloth scraps and takes them home to make her mother a jacket.
nd so it goes. The remaining cloth scraps are discovered by a badger who takes them to make a hat for his father.
squirrel finds what remains of the cloth and makes a pair of gloves for his wife. Finally, a little mouse finds just a little red scrap left and thinks that it would make the perfect scarf for her son.
n Christmas Day everyone opens their gifts and finds a beautiful red garment or hat. Not only is all the red cloth put to good use, but everyone agrees that this is how Christmas should feel.
on't be surprised if this special Christmas story becomes a family favorite in the years to come. Not only is every scrap of cloth put to excellent use, but all the characters feel good about the gifts they made from this wonderful, red cloth.
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