Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff
The Gift of Nothing
written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
The Clown of God: An Old Story
written and illustrated by Tomie DePaola
HOLIDAY J 398.2 DEPAO
An orphaned street urchin goes begging from door to door, juggling for his food. He joins a traveling troupe of entertainers, and gains fame and fortune as a juggler, until he grows old, and again becomes a homeless beggar. One Christmas Eve, he takes refuge in a church and there he juggles to put a smile on the divine Child’s face. The message of the story is that it is not what you can offer the Lord, but the spirit in which you offer it, that really matters.
Bear Stays Up for Christmas
by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Megan Halsey and Jane Chapman
HOLIDAY E WILSO
Bear's friends awaken him the day before Christmas and help him to stay awake as they bake fruitcakes, fill stockings, and sing carols. Then, while his friends sleep, Bear prepares a surprise of his own.
by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Ted Rand
HOLIDAY E BUNTI
By moonlight in the quiet forest, a young boy and his family decorate their favorite tree with popcorn, apples, tangerines, and sunflower-seed balls as a gift for the animals of the woods. A wonderful story of a family sharing the spirit of the giving season.
by Tim Myers, illustrated by R.G. Roth
EASY J 398.2 TANUK
A Buddhist priest is visited one night by a tanuki (a badger-like animal), who is cold and wants to warm himself by the fire. The tanuki starts visiting every night, and he and the priest become friends-- laughing and dancing and telling stories together. These visits go on every winter's night for years. The tanuki asks what he can do to repay the priest, and the priest asks for a few gold coins. While the tanuki is gone in search of the coins, the priest comes to realize what he values the most-- the tanuki's friendship. The book's mixed-media illustrations are whimsical and colorful. This lovely story demonstrates that the best gift you can give your loved ones is your presence.
by George Shannon, illustrated by Laura Dronzek
EASY J 398.2 RABBI
By twitching his nose in the cold, damp air, Rabbit can tell that snow is on the way and food will be hard to find. So when he finds two turnips in a field, he decides to keep one and share one with a friend. His small gift starts a wave of generosity that spreads throughout the forest in this Chinese fable that celebrates selfless giving.
The Giving Tree
written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein
This poignant story is indeed about the gift of giving. The tree loves the boy so much that it is willing to give him everything to make him happy-- until all that is left is a stump. It is a bittersweet story of a tree and a boy growing old together, and it will appeal to both children and adults. The simple illustrations are perfect for this moving story.
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