LILY AND THE PRESENT by Christine Ross


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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 Lily's new brother ``came into the world with nothing,'' and Lily would like to get something ``big and bright and beautiful'' to supplement his other, boring presents. At Biggs' Department Store, she purchases a big crocodile, a bright chandelier, and a beautiful wedding cake, cheerily saying (as her mother does), ``Charge it, please.'' Alas--none of these grand things will go out the store's revolving door; abandoning them, one by one, Lily admits to herself that they weren't appropriate anyway and uses her own money to buy a balloon: ``And perfect it was.'' With just the right balance between imaginative fantasy and satisfying realism, this reworking of a popular theme makes a stronger, more satisfying story than Lily and the Bears (1991). Again, Ross's color-pencil art is humorous and appealing, though much of the delicate detail will be lost in group sharing. (Picture book. 4- 8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-395-61127-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1992


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