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The Best Christmas
Barbara Cooney
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The Best Christmas

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  12 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
When his older brother is lost at sea just before Christmas, ten-year-old Erkki works secretly to make special presents for all the members of his family.
Hardcover, 95 pages
Published July 1st 1984 by Peter Smith Publisher (first published 1949)
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Julie Barrett
Oct 31, 2015 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best Christmas by Lee Kingman
Erky is not sure why he's so happy with Christmas coming.
Cold winds and cold air with sky dark with one star. Reminds him of the star on his tree, he hopes for the best one ever.
Baking, decorations throughout the house but he knows something is wrong when he enters the house. Stone barge is late and Matty is not there.
Love the idea of mittens on Christmas morning with dime in each and candy cane. Mother says it's too much trouble to get a tree, especially with Ma
I got this book because I like Barbara Cooney’s illustrations. I particularly love her attention to detail in this work; she draws each element just as it was described. The story is very short (only about 90 pages) but I am tracking it because it does have chapters. I read it out loud to my little sister, and we both enjoyed it. The plot is pretty predictable (but it is a kids’ book), yet I still found it to be really sweet—especially the message of thinking of others.
Jan 01, 2012 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this at a yard sale for a quarter and read it in just a few sittings to my 6 year old daughter. We both thought it was such a sweet story, gets at the spirit of the holiday season and the importance of family.
Nov 30, 2008 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
This little book is the heartwarming story of the Seppalas, a Finnish-American family, who wonder if they can celebrate Christmas with their older brother lost at sea. Very sweet!
Nov 30, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very moving Christmas story read out loud to the family. Almost shed a couple tears of joy at the end.
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