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Long ago in a faraway place there lived two mothers. One, a humble peasant woman who struggled daily to provide for her children. And the other, a mother spider who also worked hard to care for her family. And although it would appear they were as different as night and day, these two mothers had more in common than would first seem. As the only holiday gift she can give her children, one cold Christmas Eve the peasant woman goes to the forest to get a tree, never noticing that someone has made a home among its branches. During the night, the mother spider spins webs decorating the tree, resulting in a Christmas that neither mother will ever forget. Based on an old Ukrainian story, Trinka Hakes Noble (The Orange Shoes) crafts an original heartwarming tale of the grace that can be found in the true spirit of Christmas. Trinka Hakes Noble's numerous picture books include The Scarlet Stockings Spy (IRA Teachers' Choice 2005), The Last Brother, The Orange Shoes (IRA Teachers' Choice 2008), and Apple Tree Christmas. Ms. Noble lives in northern New Jersey. Stephen Costanza attended the Philadelphia College of Art. His picture books are Mozart Finds a Melody, Noodle Man: The Pasta Superhero, and Ten Big Toes and a Prince's Nose. He lives in Belfast, Maine.
A poor peasant woman who has no money for gifts or a special meal for her children gets help from a kindly mother spider on Christmas.
Number of Pages: 32
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Holidays, Holidays + Celebrations / Christmas, Animals / Insects + Spiders, Fairy Tales + Folklore / Country + Ethnic
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Pr
Age Range: 4-8 years
Author: Trinka Hakes Noble
Street Date: September 1, 2011
Item Number (DPCI): 248-75-1927
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