There are books so alive that you’re always afraid that while you weren’t reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?
-- Marina Tsvetaeva

Young readersElementary readersUpper elementary readers
10 stars

December

AR: 2.9
Lexile: 510
RC: 2.8
by Eve Bunting     Illus. by David Diaz
Normal-length Picture Book
Genre: Fiction

Original post — Saturday, November 26, 2005

Simon and his mother have lost their home and now live in a cardboard box. It's Christmas Eve and they are visited by an old lady. They have little enough for themselves but they invite her in and give her one of their cookies (they only have two). In return, she gives them the fake rose that was in her hat to decorate their christmas "tree." Mysteriously, she disappears before morning but Simon could have sworn he saw a ... what?

Find out what he thought he saw and decide for yourself if it really was! Read this book. It is wonderfully illustrated and it gives me the chills (in a good way!) every time I read it! It's a great Christmas story, but read it any time of the year.

(Last modified:08/24/2007)

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