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A warm-spirited Christmas story about friendship and generosity, with a touch of adventure.
Snowflakes like dandelion fluff floated in the air.
Christmas carols rang through the streets, and the
sleigh bells on Blue Bird's door chimed merrily as
people went in and out.
It's Christmas Eve day, and Mary, her young helper Hannah, and the bookmobile Blue Bird, won't let a little snow prevent them from making all the regular stops on their route. However, if the snow keeps falling, trusty Blue Bird may not be able to push through the drifts to Hannah's hard-to-reach home by nightfall. But with good books at hand and plenty of treats to tide them over, who's to say a bookmobile can't also make a cozy Christmas Eve haven in the snow?
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Sally Derby is the author of several books for young readers, including Taiko on a Windy Night. She lives in Wyoming, Ohio with her family.
Gabi Swiatkowska studied at Poland's prestigious Liceum of Art. A freelance artist and former preschool teacher, Gabi lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York. This is her first book she has illustrated.
Ages 5-8. In a small town, on a snowy Christmas Eve afternoon, librarian Mary drives her bookmobile, making all her usual stops with her niece, Hannah, working alongside. Although the road is sometimes treacherous, the converted school bus, Blue Bird, is warm and snug against the storm. At day's end, the road to Hannah's rural home is too deep with snow for Blue Bird to tackle, so, instead of returning to town, Hannah and Mary spend the night in the bus, reading stories and snacking on tea and holiday treats from patrons. The story is quiet and slow, but the situation is intriguing, and the descriptions of the weather swirling outside the bus add excitement. It's the pictures that will really grab young ones. Beautiful, atmospheric paintings with spot-on details contrast Blue Bird's interior--as snug as a parlor--with the icy, wet, gray world outside. Share this subdued, unusual story with a young book lover on a cozy, dark winter afternoon. Gillian Engberg
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