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Sunday 14 December 2014

Review: The Smallest Gift of Christmas

Roland can't wait for Christmas day. He races down stairs to check the tree but is soon stopped short. Before him is the smallest present he's ever seen.

Roland isn't happy.

He'd waited all year for this??

He closes his eyes tight, puts his hand under his chin, and wishes for a bigger gift. Poof! A bigger gift appears! But it's not big enough.

Not happy.

Roland tries again. And again. Soon, he's yelling so loud, and the present is getting so much bigger, it won't fit inside the house and needs to sit outdoors in the snow. But this still isn't big enough for Roland.

I wonder how large Roland's wishing can become? Let's just say, there's a rocket ship involved ...

The wonderful talent of Peter Reynolds shines again in this gorgeous Christmas book-tackling an age-old issue in a delightfully unexpected way – with a warm ending that reminds us about the tiny things, the simple things – and how they really are so huge. Bigger, even, than the Universe.

Title: The Smallest Gift of Christmas
Author/Illustrator: Peter H Reynolds
Publisher: Walker Books, $24.95 RRP
Publication Date: 3 October 2013
Format: Hard cover
For ages: 3 - 10
Type: Picture Book