Matthew lives in an orphanage. He wanted a dog. He received other gifts and things through the years - stuffed animals, toys, snails, even lice - but never a dog. One day Matthew was finally getting new parents, and what did the parents have for him - a dog.
Matthew wanted only one thing on Earth: a dog. He lived in a children's home, and they weren't allowed to have a real dog. The toy dog he got for Christmas was broken; the other animals he tried out as pets didn't live up to his expectations. He never ever thought about wanting a Mother or a Father-but one day, when a couple comes to adopt him-he decides to keep an open mind. . . . Mateo quería una sola cosa en la Tierra: un perro. Vivía en un orfanato dónde no le permitían tener un perro de verdad. El perro de juguete que recibió por Navidad se rompió, y los otros animales que probó como mascota no cumplieron con lo que esperaba. Nunca en la vida ha pensado tener una madre o un padre - pero un día, cuando una pareja llega para adoptarle - decide mantener la mente abierta.
Everyone has a birthday. Young or old, we all like to celebrate with friends and family.
Boris is a musician, playing the songs he learned growing up in Russia. Stella is a baker, baking cakes and pastries like her father used to back in Italy. Boris and Stella live in the city and are best friends. They like movies, hats, and each other. At holiday time, Stella wants to give Boris the perfect present for Hanukkah. She wants him to know how special he is. Boris wants to give Stella the perfect present for Christmas: she means so much to him. But perfect presents cost money and their bank savings contain very little. To make their dreams of perfect presents come true, Boris and Stella each sacrifice something very special. In a nod to O. Henrys The Gift of the Magi comes this tender story celebrating traditions, friendships, and gifts from the heart.
Colorful illustrations help guide the reader through simple text structure and shows how a young girl plans a party with the help of her friends.
Originally published over twenty years ago, and out of print since 1998, Sleeping Bear Press is proud to bring this beloved Christmas tale to a whole new audience. Moving and nostalgic, and brought to life by glowing watercolor paintings, it reveals the joy of a very special present and the love that a father and daughter share.
Margie's bossy older brother thinks that believing in Santa Claus is humbug--and he plans to prove it by trapping him. But in the end, he's not so sure.