Sunday, December 13, 2015
The Gift by Penny Matthews illustrated by Martin McKenna
Yes right from the beginning - even from the front cover - you will know this sad-faced little bear will find a new home at Christmas but that does not spoil the joy of this story.
Brown Bear sits on the toy shop shelf. His only decoration is a large, red ribbon.
"Brown Bear had rather hard fur. His price tag was under his foot, so he couldn't read it, but he knew he didn't cost very much."
All of the toys are gradually sold except for Brown Bear and his shelf companion a green crocodile. Crocodile is certain he will never be picked because he does not look "Christmassy". What follows is a a gesture that will make you gasp and smile as Brown Bear takes off his own red ribbon and ties it around crocodile's neck. That very same day crocodile is sold. Now bear is all alone.
You can read more about Penny Matthews here. Here are a set of teaching notes. We have nearly all of her books in our school library. This story reminded me of Arnold the Prickly Teddy which is a long time favourite book of mine. You should also read Holly and Ivy and Ruby and Little Joe,