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Monday 28 November 2011

Review: Just Right

It's Christmas Eve and the King is out shopping for Christmas gifts when he spies a bolt of beautiful bright red cloth . . . the perfect fabric for a brand new cloak for his princess daughter.

Taking the cloth back to the castle, the King's seamstresses snip and sew up a glorious cloak . . . but what to do with all the left over fabric?

'Just bundle them up and put them outside the back door,' says the King.

And so sets in place a remarkable tale of some festive red fabric, whose unwanted scraps travel from place to place, serving purpose at the kitchen maid's house by becoming a jacket for her mother . . . then Bertie Badger's house where it makes the most gorgeous hat for his dad.

And as each left over pile of fabric makes its way to the back door of its finder, the scraps, of course, get smaller and smaller, until they finally become absolutely ideal for the scarf of a little mouse.

This is a story about giving and sharing, but it also reminds us that one man's trash is another's treasure.

Heartwarming without being the least bit schmaltzy, both kids and adults will adore the toasty message of this story - packed with festive spirit. Soft, divine illustrations make this a must-have book for collectors - or anyone who celebrates the spirit of Christmas.

Title: Just Right
Author: Birdie Black
Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw
Publisher: Nosy Crow, $22.99 RRP
Publication Date: November 2011
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9780857630308
For ages: 3 - 8
Type: Picture book