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Author: Debbie Macomber and Mary Lou Carney

Illustrator: Vincent Nguyen

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Cameron does not like the sweater his Grandmother gives him as a gift. He complains about it until he sees her and she explains what was going through her mind as she made it. Each color she put into the knitted sweater stood for something that reminded her of him and their time together. In the end, he decides that the sweater is his favorite gift after all. This is a story with lessons parents love to teach about being grateful for what you receive.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 10

Reading Level: 3.6

Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this book from the New Arrivals shelf at our library. She really liked the message of the book. She told me that she would be more thankful now at the gifts people gave her because they put time into them. We read it several times. She was very impressed with the book.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked that it showed how much some people can put into giving gifts. It is not just about what you get from people but the love they are sending you by thinking of you. I also like that the message stuck with her.

Pros: This is a good story about being thankful for family and gifts; and that sometimes after you learn more about something, it becomes even more special.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a book that every parent will want to have handy before gift exchanges or as a reminder about showing respect and thankfulness for what we are given.

If You Liked This Book, Try: PARTY PRINCESS (Teach Your Children Well Series)   MURIEL'S RED SWEATER   ROSCOE RILEY RULES, 3: Don't Swap Your Sweater for a Dog

Educational Themes: Although there emphasis in the story is helping the child appreciate what has been given to him, it is a good starting point for asking children to think about selecting meaningful gifts for others. These are some of the themes: Sharing, caring, thankfulness, accepting graciously, not rushing to judgment, and being open-minded about liking gifts even if you don’t like them right away.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, grandparents, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2009

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