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The Spirit of Christmas
Benson, Nicky, author.
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Publication Information:
Wilton, CT : Tiger Tales, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 unpaged volume : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 0.5 170601.
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Publisher's Weekly Review

A sandy-haired boy named Drew is concerned about the children around the world who don't get presents for Christmas, so he gathers his own belongings and arranges for Santa to pick them up to deliver to less fortunate boys and girls. Golden light and sprays of colored dots bathe Cockcroft's scenes of domestic bliss, as if to make manifest the magic of Christmas, literally and physically. Unfortunately, a do-gooder tone pervades the story: as Drew makes sugar cookies with his smiling mother, "Drew just couldn't stop thinking about the families with no presents to give," while at Santa's Workshop, Santa and the elves rejoice over the gifts that Drew has offered: "What a kind heart little Drew has!" laughs Santa. An uplifting but decidedly unsubtle story about generosity. An edition packaged with a "giving bag" and keepsake bell is also available. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Drew, a child of affluence, loves the many gifts he gets but wonders, "Do all children get this many presents?" His mother admits that "sometimes families can't give presents, even if they really want to." Generous Drew worries about how he could share his gently used toys with needy children and decides to write a letter to Santa asking for help getting them to other kids. Santa responds with a letter and a magic "giving sack," which Drew fills with toys and clothes and leaves under his tree. Santa and the elves happily redistribute them and Drew is proud that he helped others. Santa leaves him a special bell to thank him. While the sentiment behind this technicolor extravaganza is laudable, the treacly presentation, bouncing type, and awkward illustrations combine to overwork the slight message and make this title one to skip.-Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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