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Fans of Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree and Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas will love this funny and moving holiday story about giving and sharing—and believing in Christmas miracles.
"We wish you a quacky Christmas!" Samantha Duck is getting ready for Christmas. "I'm going to give presents to animals all over the world!" But tortoise pal Sebastian is not so sure: "Christmas is not for animals!" With the help of her farmyard friends, who all give something to help make and deliver the presents, this determined duck sets out to prove that Christmas is for EVERYONE—and to make sure animals all around the world have a very quacky Christmas.
Families will enjoy snuggling up to read this warm and friend-filled Christmas tale of giving and sharing. It's a joyous reminder that with a bit of faith and the love of those around you, anything is possible. . . .
About the Author
FRANCES WATTS was born in Switzerland and grew up in Australia. She is the author of a number of children's books, including Kisses for Daddy and Parsley Rabbit's Book about Books, both of which won acclaim from the Children's Book Council of Australia. Learn more about her writing at franceswatts.com.
ANN JAMES is an award-winning illustrator of over 60 children's books. She is the co-founder, with Ann Haddon, of Books Illustrated, a Melbourne gallery focused on Australian children's book illustration. Together in 2000, James and Haddon were awarded the Pixie O'Harris Award for distinguished service to Australian children's literature. In 2003, James received the Dromkeen Medal, for her work in promoting Australian children's book illustration. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.
"Giving and sharing never had a better advertisement than this sweet farm story." —School Library Journal
"Reminiscent of Jules Feiffer or James Stevenson. . . . Joy to the animal world, too." —Kirkus Reviews
"Watts and James underscore the rewards of ingenuity and sharing in this friendly tale about Samantha, a plucky duck who is determined to celebrate Christmas. . . . James’s wispy, fluid pictures humorously—and affectingly—convey Samantha’s spontaneity, optimism, and irrepressible holiday spirit." —Publishers Weekly
"[An] endearing holiday tale." —The Horn Book