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Small Medium & Large [Hardcover]

Jane Monroe Donovan

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Sept. 1 2010

It is the season of Christmas, and that means it is time to trim the tree, decorate the halls, and, most importantly of all, write to Santa with a heartfelt wish for the perfect present.

While other children may be dreaming of new toys under the tree or stockings filled with treats, one little girl simply asks Santa for a friend to share her holiday. But this is a pretty tall order for the jolly old man. Can Santa make her Christmas wish come true?

Readers of all ages will be cheered to see that Santa manages to find not just <em>the </em>perfect present, but <em>three </em>special gifts.

Charming artwork brings to life the joy felt in making snow angels, the satisfaction of a rousing snowball fight, the pleasure of baking holiday cookies, and finally, the inner peace one feels sitting quietly in front of a warm fire—all the more special when done with a new friend.

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Jane Monroe Donovan has illustrated numerous titles for Sleeping Bear Press, including <em>Black Beauty’s Early Days in the Meadow</em>; the bestselling <em>Winter’s Gift</em>; and all of the “Likes to Say” books. Jane makes her home in Pinckney, Michigan.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Christmas book with beautiful illustrations Nov. 10 2010
By K the runner - Published on
This book begins with a girl writing a letter to Santa. She hasn't finished the letter so we don't see what she's asked for. A few pages later she sees the gifts by the Christmas tree; one small, one medium and one large. When she opens the gifts the small one contains a real cat, the medium one contains a real dog, and the large box houses a real pony. Then we see her play with her new friends in the snow; sledding, making snow angels and snowmen, having a snow ball fight and then curling up by the fire place at the end of the day. The only words in this story are in the letters the girl writes to Santa at the beginning and the end of the book. The illustrations are beautiful and funny at the same time. Great book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! - A Very Special Christmas Wish Comes True April 9 2011
By Brimful Curiosities - Published on
In this nearly wordless picture book, a little girl named Sammy writes Santa a letter. Christmas morning arrives and she finds three wrapped gifts (one small, one medium and one large) under the tree. The gifts contain three living animals ... a cat, a dog and a miniature horse! Lonely no more, Sammy and her new animal friends spend their winter days making snow angels, throwing snowballs, building snow creatures, sledding, and baking cookies.

Donovan's book is a fun-filled, imaginative read about a very special Christmas wish that comes true. The adorable scenarios depicted in the painted illustrations are pure fun and kids will delight in the whimsy. For instance, all the animals sleep nestled together under the covers in the little girl's bed. And, my kids loved the cookie baking scene where the horse makes horseshoe-shaped cookies while the cat cuts out fish shapes. For toddlers, the book provides an opportunity to discuss sizes and because it is wordless, they can make up their own story to accompany the pictures. The author based the animals in the book on her own pets, a Siamese cat named Maylee, a Chesapeake Bay retriever named Grizzly and a miniature horse named Fern.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suitable for children ages 4-10 Jan. 24 2011
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
"Small Medium & Large" is an imaginative picture book about a girl's wish list letter for Santa. Charming illustrations in sequence tell much of the action of the story. When the girl opens her presents on Christmas, she finds living surprises in boxes that are small, medium and large. The first is a kitty, the second is a dog, and the third is a miniature pony! All the animals play in the snow with the girl, and they help her make small, medium and large snowmen as well. Sammy is very happy with her small, medium and large gifts, and writes Santa a special thank you letter, also requesting a new bone, some carrots and a toy mouse for next year. The unusual thing about "Small Medium & Large" is the entire story is told in pictures, except for the letters to Santa. "Small Medium & Large" is suitable for children ages 4-10, allowing and encouraging them to create their own narrative for the wonderful tale unfolding in the pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous illustrations! Dec 22 2010
By Amy L. George - Published on
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Somehow I missed the fact that this is a wordless picture book, but it's perfect for my classroom. The illustrations are detailed and beautiful! Certainly the pictures tell the story, but it will be fun to have my students tell it too!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Comparing Sizes March 22 2014
By Minnie Mouse - Published on
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Use this book for my comparing sizes lesson. The pictures are great and the children are highly engaged during the reading.

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