cover image Just in Time for Christmas

Just in Time for Christmas

Louise Borden. Scholastic, $14.95 (1pp) ISBN 978-0-590-45355-4

Lewin's light-splashed watercolors majestically fill each double-page spread of this splendid book. With close to photographic clarity, the artwork adroitly sets the scene for Borden's fine portrait of a Kentucky family following its beloved 100-year-old Christmas tradition of candy-making. Young Will Bryan impatiently awaits the moment that he and his cousins will help the adults make taffy on the porch. Though concerned about his dog, Luke, who has been missing for several days, Will sings carols along with the other Bryans and tries to believe Great Gram, who tells him that Luke will return in time for Christmas. A poignant story, sparely and smoothly told. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)