The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll

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The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll

By Patricia C. McKissack; Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)

Schwartz & Wade Books, Hardcover, 9780375837593, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 11, 2007

Newbery Honor winning author McKissack and Caldecott Medal winning illustrator Pinkney have outdone themselves in this heart-warming story infused with humor and the true spirit of Christmas.
Christmas" always "comes to Nella's house, but Santa Claus brings gifts only once in a while. That's because it's the Depression and Nella's family is poor. Even so, Nella's hoping that this year she and her two sisters will get a beautiful Baby Betty doll.
On Christmas morning, the girls are beside themselves with excitement There is Baby Betty, in all her eyelash-fluttering magnificence. Mine Nella shouts, and claims the doll for herself. But soon she discovers that Baby Betty isn t nearly as much fun as her sisters. Would it be more fun to share this very best gift with them after all?

About the Author
Patricia C. McKissack is the author of "The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural," a Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Award Winner, and its companion, "Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and other Wily Characters," an ALA-ALSC Notable Children s Book. Ms. McKissack has collaborated with Jerry Pinkney on two previous picture books: "Goin Someplace Special," a Coretta Scott King Award Winner, and "Mirandy and Brother Wind," a Caldecott Honor Book and a Coretta Scott King Award Winner. Her most recent book, "Never Forgotten," was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and received five starred reviews. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.Jerry Pinkney received the Caldecott Medal for his wordless retelling of "The Lion and the Mouse." He has illustrated more than one hundred books, among them five Caldecott Honor books, including "Mirandy and Brother Wind," written by Patricia C. McKissack; five "New York Times" Best Illustrated Books; and five Coretta Scott King Award winners. Some of his most beloved titles are "The Talking Eggs," "John Henry," "The Ugly Duckling," "Goin Someplace Special," and" The Tortoise and the Hare." Mr. Pinkney lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, with his wife, author Gloria Jean Pinkney."

Praise For The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll

Starred Review, Booklist, September 15, 2007:
"Parents looking for books on sharing will find this an appealing exploration of the subject, teachers seeking picture books set during the Depression will find many details that bring the period to life. A gentle lesson that plays into the spirit of the holiday."
-Carolyn Phelan

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2007:
“Full of humorous dialogue and scenes of realistic family life showing the close bonds within the family. Pinkney’s watercolor illustrations are masterful, as always…” - Kirkus Review

Review, The New York Times Book Review, December 2, 2007:
"An evocative book with a universal message."