Story last updated at 12/19/2012 - 3:02 pm
Who doesn't like presents?
Not you! You love getting presents. You love wondering what's hiding beneath the paper, wrapped up so nicely. You like to tear the packaging in one big RRRRRRIP, pulling the bows off and plopping them on top of your head. Unwrapping a gift is almost as much fun as seeing the present itself, isn't it?
You love getting gifts and giving them is great, too. So how far would you go to find the absolute best present ever? In "A Flower in the Snow" by Tracey Corderoy and Sophie Allsopp, a friend looks high and low.
Once upon a time, in an icy kingdom up north, there lived a little girl named Luna.
It was snowy where Luna lived, and that was okay with her. She loved snow! She loved catching snowflakes on her tongue and dancing among the flakes, leaving tiny footprints everywhere.
But more than snow, Luna loved her best friend, Bear, who was big, cuddly-soft, and pure white. Bear lived in a snow cave in Luna's garden, right next to her igloo and, as best friends, they did everything together.
One day, something magical happened: a bright yellow flower popped up through the snow! It was very pretty, and Bear carefully picked it for someone special.
That made Luna smile. She told Bear that she'd treasure the flower forever, but then it wilted and that made her sad. Nothing Bear did would cheer her up, and that made him sad, too.
Eventually, Bear figured out what he could do to bring back Luna's sparkle: he would find another flower! He sailed away that night, and began searching.
The next morning, Luna looked everywhere for her friend. When she found a note from him, she knew where he'd gone but she missed Bear terribly. Every night, she wished upon the moon that he would come home soon.
In the meantime, Bear searched through rocks and docks. He looked over deserts and jungles, up and down hills, on dry land and wet seas, and he simply couldn't find another flower for Luna. He sat and tried to think of more places to look, until a snowflake landed on his nose and he knew it was time to just go home.
He had no gift for Luna. But somehow, she got the best gift of all...
Tired of The Gimmees this holiday season? "A Flower in the Snow" might show your child that wrapping paper can't cover the best treasures.
It's going to be really hard to stop smiling, in fact, when you've got this sweet book in your hands because author Tracey Corderoy does such a great job of telling the story of friendship and missing someone when he's gone. I was also charmed by the illustrations by Sophie Allsopp; Luna's adorable, Bear is delightful, I was in love.
If your 2-to-7-year-old will be unwrapping a book this holiday, then be sure it's this one. Now, later, and in so many ways, "A Flower in the Snow" is a wonderful gift.
"A Flower in the Snow" by Tracey Corderoy and Sophie Allsopp; c.2012, Sourcebooks; $16.99 / $18.99; 32 pages.