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Hannah's bookmobile Christmas
Derby, Sally.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt & Co., 2001.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Blue Bird the bookmobile provides shelter on a snowy Christmas Eve night.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 56693.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
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A warm-spirited Christmas story about friendship and generosity, with a touch of adventure.

Snowflakes like dandelion fluff floated in the air.
Christmas carols rang through the streets, and the
sleigh bells on Blue Bird's door chimed merrily as
people went in and out.

It's Christmas Eve day, and Mary, her young helper Hannah, and the bookmobile Blue Bird, won't let a little snow prevent them from making all the regular stops on their route. However, if the snow keeps falling, trusty Blue Bird may not be able to push through the drifts to Hannah's hard-to-reach home by nightfall. But with good books at hand and plenty of treats to tide them over, who's to say a bookmobile can't also make a cozy Christmas Eve haven in the snow?

Author Notes

Sally Derby is the author of several books for young readers, including Taiko on a Windy Night . She lives in Wyoming, Ohio with her family.

Gabi Swiatkowska studied at Poland's prestigious Liceum of Art. A freelance artist and former preschool teacher, Gabi lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York. This is her first book she has illustrated.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. In a small town, on a snowy Christmas Eve afternoon, librarian Mary drives her bookmobile, making all her usual stops with her niece, Hannah, working alongside. Although the road is sometimes treacherous, the converted school bus, Blue Bird, is warm and snug against the storm. At day's end, the road to Hannah's rural home is too deep with snow for Blue Bird to tackle, so, instead of returning to town, Hannah and Mary spend the night in the bus, reading stories and snacking on tea and holiday treats from patrons. The story is quiet and slow, but the situation is intriguing, and the descriptions of the weather swirling outside the bus add excitement. It's the pictures that will really grab young ones. Beautiful, atmospheric paintings with spot-on details contrast Blue Bird's interior--as snug as a parlor--with the icy, wet, gray world outside. Share this subdued, unusual story with a young book lover on a cozy, dark winter afternoon. --Gillian Engberg

Publisher's Weekly Review

It's a snowy Christmas Eve, and Hannah and her aunt, a bookmobile driver, traveling their regular route, find themselves unable to make it home. Instead, they hole up for the night with cocoa, edible presents received from patrons throughout the day and plenty of Christmas stories on the shelves. Alternating chilly grays with warm terra cotta shades, debut artist Swiatkowska's paintings contrast stunning wintry landscapes against the bookmobile's snug interior in Derby's (Taiko on a Windy Night) cozy holiday tale. Ages 4-7. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-On the day before Christmas as a snowstorm threatens, eight-year-old Hannah helps her Aunt Mary make the rounds in her venerable 1970 bookmobile. When the weather conditions finally prevent the two from returning to their homes, they spend the night in Blue Bird, sharing the gifts of food given to them by the grateful readers at their stops during the day. An afterword gives a brief history of bookmobiles in the United States. Even with a heroic librarian at its center, this plot is very slight. The acrylic illustrations are appealing, but the interiors of the vehicle seem implausibly spacious, with large windows, at least one easy chair, and generous expanses of wallpaper.-V. W. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.