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The carefully wrapped present was perched half-hidden on his parents' closet shelf. Arthur, a little boy with a very large imagination, feverishly tried to guess what it might contain. A pet? A shiny trumpet? A new computer? The possibilities were almost endless. All for him and him alone—until the doorbell interrupted his reverie. What happened next is a remarkable and soul-satisfying reminder that the act of sharing is perhaps the greatest present of all. A simple and timeless tale of spontaneous generosity, told with understated humor, a great warmth and a brilliantly direct graphic stylewhich go to the very heart of the human experience. With the gentle insight of A Cup of Christmas Tea and the resonant innocence of The Giving Tree, Bob Gill's book is destined to become a best-loved gift about gift-giving.
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Brooklyn-born Bob Gill's work as an artist and graphic designer has spanned continents; his genius has been stamped on a wide range of creative endeavors, from children's books and award-winning international ad campaigns to Beatlemania. He lives in New York City.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2—Young Arthur's birthday is approaching and, while rummaging around his father's closet, he notices a present on the top shelf that he presumes is for him. He begins imagining what the box might contain: perhaps a backpack, possibly "a gazillion chocolate bars," maybe a volleyball. Though readers never see the child, they learn about him through his musings: his house is near a park with a pond; he has friends, owns a bicycle, and dislikes bowling; and has an aunt, an uncle, and two parents. But what is quite significant about Arthur will be discovered on the last page. Most of the graphic illustrations contain a large picture of each of the various objects the boy imagines; some appear only in black and white and others in bright colors, outlined in black. This seemingly simple story will lead to discussions about the rewards of giving and/or receiving.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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