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A tiny bird has found the most beautiful red strawberry to give her grandmother, but PLOP! it falls into the river. Not even the help of all of the bird's friends can get it back before a hungry crocodile snatches it up. The friends put their heads together and come up with the perfect idea of a new gift for Grandma: They'll create a book about their adventure with the str
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Judi Paradis
Jun 05, 2010 Judi Paradis rated it really liked it
Helpful animals get together to aid a bird who wants to give her grandmother a perfect gift. When a nasty alligator comes along, the friends save the day. Lovely illustrations, a nice message, and just enough action to keep everyone engaged. Great for reading aloud to K-2 kids.
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Lori, the Lorikeet, is bringing a strawberry to her Grandma as a gift. Unfortunately, when she stopped to rest the berry rolled into the river and sank to the bottom. The story finishes with friends working together to retrieve the strawberry, escape from a hungry crocodile, and finally bringing a gift to Lori's grandmother.

The story is an example of friends working together. The story was a bit choppy for little listeners, but it can be smoothed over with a few interactions between reader and l
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Traci Bold
Jun 15, 2015 Traci Bold rated it really liked it
'The Perfect Gift' is not always the best gift to give as it is not always perfect.

Mary Newell DePalma tells a lovely story of little Lori who has the perfect gift for her grandmother until it falls to the bottom of the river. She is sad. Her friends help her get it back but the inevitable happens. What can she give her grandmother now? With a little help from her friends, she gives her grandmother the perfect gift of all.

Friends make the world a whole lot brighter when you need them.

A sweet bo
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Dolly
Sep 12, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2011
This is a sweet tale about a little bird who finds a red, juicy strawberry that she wants to bring home to her grandmother. She encounters a few difficulties, but several animals come to her aid. Problem solving, sacrifice and creativity are all depicted in this tale. The illustrations are colorful and fun and I thought this was a good book to read on Granparent's Day. We enjoyed reading this book together.
Donalyn
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Heather
Sep 07, 2010 Heather rated it liked it
Not spectacular, but a cute story about solving a problem.
Hillvan
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Jo Oehrlein
Dec 31, 2016 Jo Oehrlein rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Friends helping each other out and giving up important things to save each other.

Also, showing love for family through generosity.

Love it that the Perfect Gift turns out to be a book in the end.
Michelle
Jun 26, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
I loved that this story was about a lorikeet as I love parrots! I didn't love the story but loved the ending. The book started abruptly and if you didn't read the book summary you were a bit lost
Tuscania
Apr 21, 2010 Tuscania rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this story to my 3 1/2 year old.
Kristin
Mar 23, 2010 Kristin rated it liked it
Sweet story, interesting (and very shiny!) illustraions. Not my favorite picture book of the year, but I know I will enjoy reading it to Mackenzie.
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