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Parents' Guide to

The True Gift: A Christmas Story

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Simple, lyrical, gentle tale of true giving.

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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Thoughtful and charming

Very short, thoughtful story, that gets its message across without being "preachy" or dull. Was a terrific Christmas gift for my daughter and nieces.

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Nobody, but nobody, can make the simple joys of family love so breathtakingly clear as Patricia Maclachlan does. How is it that she's never done a Christmas story before? Could there be a more perfect match for the holiday season than her gorgeously simple, lyrical prose, her gentle way of revealing depths of character through dialog, her deep understanding of the human heart?

Not only is there no sex, drugs, violence, swearing, or anything else a parent might be concerned about; there are also, as in Maclachlan's other books, no villains either. She doesn't need them. How is it possible for a story so sweet and gentle to be so engrossing and so deeply moving, yet not for a moment cloying or sappy? She does it, in part, with prose that is drily matter-of-fact and earthy, yet manages at the same time to read like the best poetry ever written for children, with rhythms that carry readers along on currents of feeling. This is a book to read together with a child, curled up on a winter evening in bed or in front of a fireplace, and let those currents carry your child into sleep.

The b&w drawings are gentle and unobtrusive.

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