THE GIFT OF A TRAVELER by Wendy Matthews

THE GIFT OF A TRAVELER

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Age Range: 5 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

 A bright debut--Matthews shows a rare command of the story-within-a-story format. In a contemporary setting, seven-year-old Christine is drafted to help her great-grandmother trim the Christmas tree. The appearance of a special ornament launches the old woman into a tale of her childhood in turn-of-the-century Romania. There, lost in the snow on a freezing Christmas Eve, she stumbles upon a traveler and his tame wolf. He helps her home and is invited in for a meal and shelter for the night. After leaving her a gift for the family tree, he vanishes. Van Nutt's illustrations serve as folkloric decorations for a warm and brilliant tale, like a Yuletide fire stoked with memories of lost Christmases. (Picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-8167-3656-1
Page count: 32pp
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1995




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