The Gifts by Regina Fackelmayer, illustrated by Christa Unzner
It's Christmas Eve and Mia is picking up a few last minute supplies, including a Christmas tree. On her way home she sees a man slip and fall in the snow, so she stops to help then continues on her way. Once she is home, she realizes that her tree didn't make it home with her!
Mia and her dog Murphy head out in the snowstorm to find her tree and sees a young boy crying in the snow because he lost his hat. Mia gives him her hat and sends him on his way home and she goes home too, again without her tree.
Sad about her tree, Mia sits at home when someone knock on the door. Will this be the best Christmas ever?
What I Thought: This is a great Christmas story. I love that Mia is so giving and thoughtful of others, and in the end she is rewarded for her good deeds. There is even a little magic!
The illustrations are good and create a sense of magic with the story. This book was originally published in Switzerland. This is a great Christmas read-aloud.
I particularly loved the dog's name --Murphy-- that was the name of my dog growing up!
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