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Gr 3-5-Originally published in 1955, this story has been illustrated and brought to life for a new generation. A man remembers a great discovery he made when he was 15 and living on his father's farm. A few days before Christmas he overhears his dad saying how much he hates having to wake his son at dawn for morning chores. As a special gift for his father, the boy gets up at a quarter to three on Christmas morning and does the milking by himself. Buehner illustrates these scenes, many taking place at night and illuminated by lanterns or by moonlight, with a sturdy, folksy, old-fashioned solidity. The hard life on a farm, the struggle to keep the family and animals warm and fed, is reflected on the parents' faces. Moving and tender, this is a fine choice for reading aloud or family sharing.-S. P. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Moving and tender, this is a fine choice for reading aloud or family sharing.--School Library Journal Abeautiful message, powerfully delivered.--Booklist This gem of a Christmas tale...gleams in its picture book debut.--New York Times Book Review Buck's sentimental but touching story memorably illustrates the value of a gift created with love, a gift like Buchner's.--Kirkus Reviews Buehner's...inky starlit winter skies and rustic barn revealed by lantern light transport readers to a husted and humble setting.--Publishers Weekly (starred review)