Nov 18, 2013

The Smallest Gift of Christmas

Book Details
Author: Peter H. Reynolds
Release Date: September 2013
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: Christmas


Ronald, like any child, is excited for Christmas morning~

But, when he saw his tiny gift he was NOT happy!


He closed his eyes and wished for a bigger gift.

And do you know what?

When he opened his eyes there is was...a bigger gift!

If he closed his eyes again could he wish for an even BIGGER gift?

Go with Ronald as his gifts get bigger and bigger...

And he has to go outside and even into the sky to find his biggest gift...

The one that turns out to be a tiny gift after all.


About the Author
"When I was in 7th grade, something remarkable happened that changed my life in a wonderful way. An amazing teacher, Jim Matson, pulled me aside for drawing in class, instead of paying attention. Rather than scolding me, Mr. Matson asked me to try a project, tapping into art and storytelling to help other students understand a math concept.

Dizzy with excitement, I ran off to make a comic book. I cracked open the dense math text book and saw, for the first time, that these numbers were only ways of quantifying things and actions. Things and actions I could see and put to paper. When I brought in the completed project, Mr. Matson didn't just see a comic book, but also a storyboard. "You've got the beginnings of an animated film if you're interested." A few months later, I had finished my first animated film designed to teach. And now I do the same professionally through my stories, films and the company I founded, FableVision.

My journey has been dedicated to helping kids, especially the "off the path" kids. I was one of them myself. Not every student is lucky enough to have a teacher, or adult, see his or her potential.

When I visit students in schools they ask me what my hobbies are. I say thinking, dreaming. If my art and stories can help inspire others to do the same, I'll feel my life had meaning."


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