The king buys Christmassy fabric for a gift and puts the leftover scraps on the doorstep. Gradually, Christmas presents are made and the scraps passed on to the next person in need. A magical story about the spirit of giving. — Whitney Kaaz
Festive silver foil on cover
In this celebration of the joy of giving, one snowy Christmas eve, a king buys some soft, red cloth to make the perfect Christmas gift for his daughter. Little does he know that the left-over cloth will be used to make presents for many more of the kingdom’s inhabitants, right down to the last teeny bit of cloth which is made into a scarf just right for a mouse.
About the Author
Birdie Black is Kate Wilson, managing director of Nosy Crow. She has twenty-five years of experience in publishing, most of it in children’s publishing, and has written several books. She was looking for a story that was all about the joy of giving at Christmas, and she couldn’t find one, so she wrote one. She lives in London, England, with her husband and two children.
Rosalind Beardshaw has illustrated several picture books for children. A television star and artist named Rolf Harris visited her school when she was ten years old and inspired her to draw and draw and draw. She’s still drawing today. She lives in York, England with her partner, young son, and baby daughter.
This is a delightful tale with a nice rhyming cadence, a well-paced and clever buildup, and satisfying ending. The vibrant acrylic illustrations are charming and filled with action, fine for group storytime or bedtime sharing. —School Library Journal
The endearing mixed-media illustrations, often arranged on the page within a simple sewing pattern, effectively capture the joy of the season. The warm message of the closeness of family pervades both text and pictures, and the final two-page spread brings all the inhabitants together, ice-skating in their brand-new finery—a lovely communal touch. —Booklist onilne
Black’s story of thoughtful gift-giving—part Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree, part Joseph Had a Little Overcoat—embodies the selflessness of true holiday spirit. —The Horn Book
A pitch-perfect story of the joy of giving and sharing, this choice is a true gem. —Reading Eagle (syndicated from Kendal Rautzhan)
Charming... The book’s theme—the joy of giving—is reinforced through the whimsical illustrations of generous-hearted human and animal characters. —Washington Parent