THE BIGGEST SMALLEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT by Harriet Muncaster

THE BIGGEST SMALLEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT

Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Over several years, a Thumbelina-sized girl receives gifts from Santa that are too large for her diminutive size.

Tiny, black-haired, light-skinned Clementine lives in a standard-sized house with her standard-sized parents and brother. But Clementine is different in one important way: she is “the smallest girl in the world.” She bathes in a teacup and sleeps in a child’s slipper, one of her standard-sized gifts from Santa. Over two Christmas seasons, Clementine tries to let Santa know she would prefer a gift appropriate to her miniature size, but he misses her messages. Her dad finally helps Clementine leave photos for Santa showing Clementine playing with her oversized gifts. The following Christmas morning, Clementine receives a perfect present—a furnished dollhouse that is just the right fit for a doll-sized little girl. Charming illustrations with lots of red, green, and pink create a believable world for the tiny child, who is a sprightly, amusing girl who makes the best of her situation and tries to solve her own problems. The story is short and simple, with just a few lines of text per spread, making it accessible to younger preschoolers. Additional appeal is provided by a large trim size and an attractive cover with little Clementine swinging on a sparkly Christmas ornament.

Clementine proves the adage about good things coming in small packages. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-399-16432-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2016




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