The Spider's Gift

The Spider's Gift

A Ukrainian Christmas Story

By Eric A. Kimmel (Retold by); Katya Krenina (Illustrator)

Holiday House, Hardcover, 9780823417438, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2010

Katrusya finds the perfect Christmas tree in the deepest part of the forest and decorates it with homemade ornaments. But the next day the tree is crawling with spiders. When the family returns from church that evening, they discover that the spiders have left a dazzling Christmas miracle. Full color.

About the Author
Award-winning author Eric A. Kimmel is a native of New York who taught teachers as a professor of Education at Indiana University at South Bend and Portland State University. His favorite classes were children s literature, language arts, storytelling, and handwriting. He left the university in 1993 to become a full-time writer, a dream he had had since kindergarten. Eric has written more than fifty books and has won numerous awards. He and his wife, Doris, live in Portland, Oregon.

This heartwarming story was beautifully illustrated by Katya Krenina, whose stylized, contemporary illustrations have been lavishly praised by reviewers and heralded as "stunning" by the New York Times Book Review. Publishers Weekly has compared her style to that of Chagall, for its intuitive, dreamlike quality.