Just Like New (Stella)

Ainslie Manson

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Synopsis: For Sally and her brother Jim, life in Montreal during World War II means fewer books and an odd food shortage, but when the children are asked to bring something from home, something "just like new," to send to children in England, the war becomes more real for Sally.

From School Library Journal: Kindergarten-Grade 2-This gentle tale describes a young Canadian girl's experiences during World War II. Despite food shortages and her father's battle injury, nothing makes a real impact on Sally until the morning her Sunday School teacher announces "White Gift Sunday." The students are asked to bring in a present that will be sent to a needy child in war-torn England. The gift should be in good condition, but not be newly bought, and it should be something the donor loves. Sally's brother announces that he will send a book that she knows he doesn't really like. Sally, on the other hand, surprises herself by deciding to contribute one of her three precious dolls. Her difficult choice, and her feelings as she wraps the beloved doll and sends it off with a note so the new owner will know its name, are realistically portrayed. The girl's sacrifice is nicely contrasted with her brother's rather flip choice, but both actions seem true. The mood of the story, and Sally's emotions as she wrestles with her impetuous decision, are nicely supported by the subdued watercolor drawings that portray the Canadian scenes, and the black-and-white pencil drawings that depict war-time England and the young girl who receives Sally's gift and becomes her pen pal. A charming story.
Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City
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Title: Just Like New (Stella)
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication Date: 1996
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