Sunday, April 6, 2008

Pick of the Week

My First... by Eva Montanari (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007)

All Alice wants for her birthday is a doll. When the moment arrives, Alice is ready for her new doll with her baby basket and embroidered socks. But Alice has to fight back tears when she opens her present and realizes it is not a doll! "It's much better than a doll, Alice," explains her mother. "It's alive. It tells stories. It will stay with you all your life." What did Alice receive? Will she learn to love and appreciate her gift?

This is a delightful celebration of the surprises awaiting for us in books and the attachment children find in the most unexpected gifts. Enjoy!

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