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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Books for Kids: Gracie's Gift by Andrea Trosclair, Illus. by Sean Gauntreaux

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For our second entry in Christmas Books For Kids, I am very happy to present a Louisiana author!

While this may not be ABOUT Christmas, I think alot of parents who consider their kids, a very special Christmas present, will see the glory of Christmas in the book! Plus explaining why we put bows on packages, is part of Christmas!

Gracie's Gift cover

SynopsisThis delightful tale focuses on young Gracie who isn’t very happy about having to wear pretty bows all the time. She awakens the morning of her birthday party excited and ready to celebrate! However, her excitement quickly turns to frustration, as she notices a "bow" sitting beside her beautiful party dress. Why must she always have these BOWS in her hair?  Why does her mommy INSIST on them?

As the story unfolds, Gracie's mother explains that you don't see presents wrapped without BOWS. Do you? As Gracie realizes that these special bows are not to annoy her, but to celebrate her mother's love and affection for her- she proudly wears them for all to see!!

About the AuthorAndrea Eskine Trosclair. She is a registered nurse, which she enjoyed immensely before being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005. The inspiration for this book is Andrea's two daughters - her "gifts" that she celebrates & gives thanks for. She has lived in or around Baton Rouge, LA her entire life.  This is her first book, but she has plans for more!

About the Illustrator: Illustrator for some of beloved Lousiana books like Goodnight Tigers and Happy Jazz FestGautreaux has been painting Mardi Gras floats for the past five years. He is a graduate from LSU, as well as the Pratt Institute. After working in NYC, he returned to Louisiana and began working as a Mardi Gras 3D artist, and illustrating children's books! 

Review: Poor Kiddo, we got to the part about why her mom puts the bows in her hair, and I was tearing up! It touched pretty close to home, and was reminiscent of something my Grandmother and Mother used to tell me as a child! But she understood and she was thrilled at the ending of the book, and was quite happy to turn to me and say "Mama, that's how I feel about YOU!". Yup, more tears! LOL. The illustrations are adorable, and very kid friendly. Kiddo also loved all the bows on the end pages- they allowed her to practice her counting skills! This is a great book for a birthday present and one every little girl should have!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from the author, via DirectContact PRfor review  purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it. 

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