Mouse's First Christmas) beautifully retools "The Gift of the Magi," recasting O. Henry's husband and wife as a Depression-era widow and"/>
 

A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR MAMA

Lauren Thompson, Author, Laura Thompson, Author, Jim Burke, Illustrator
Lauren Thompson, Author, Laura Thompson, Author, Jim Burke, Illustrator , illus. by Jim Burke. Scholastic $16.95 (48p) ISBN 978-0-590-30725-3
Reviewed on: 09/22/2003
Release date: 10/01/2003
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Thompson (Mouse's First Christmas) beautifully retools "The Gift of the Magi," recasting O. Henry's husband and wife as a Depression-era widow and daughter. Grace sells her beloved doll in order to buy the mate to her mother's cherished figurine, which is sold to buy a doll's dress for Grace. But in contrast with O. Henry, Thompson places more emphasis on the strong emotional bonds that inspire the ill-fated gift-giving than on the ironies of the exchange. Using oil and colored pencil, Burke (My Brothers' Flying Machine) tinkers with perspective, creating unexpected compositions graced with abundant—and lovely—period details. Designed like an old-fashioned storybook, with full-page paintings punctuating lengthy text, this volume could be an excellent choice for family read-alouds. Ages 6-9. (Oct.)

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