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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
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Title: Just Like New (Stella)
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication Date: 1996
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Groundwood Books, 1996. Book Condition: Fair. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP92872321
Book Description Groundwood Books, 1996. Book Condition: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP9723114
Book Description Groundwood Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Bookseller Inventory # 2763418272
Book Description Groundwood Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. May have creases on the cover and binding caused from handling and reading. Some pages may contain writing and or highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 2779870445
Book Description Groundwood. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Bookseller Inventory # G0888992289I5N10
Book Description Groundwood. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some pages show signs of use. Bookseller Inventory # G0888992289I3N00
Book Description Groundwood Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Minimal damage to cover and binding. Pages show light use. Bookseller Inventory # G0888992289I3N00
Book Description Groundwood Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0888992289I5N00
Book Description Groundwood Books, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0888992289
Book Description Book Condition: Good. Book Condition: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 97808889922844.0