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Small, Medium & Large Review by Brandi Tesreau

By Jane Monroe Donovan
Sleeping Bear Press
315 Eisenhower Parkway Suite 200
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

In Small, Medium & Large, Jane Monroe Donovan's captivating illustrations tell the story of a young girl who wishes for a very special Christmas present. Christmas morning reveals not one but three special gifts sitting under the tree--one small, one medium, and one large!

I typically don't like children's books without words--the only text in the book is an unfinished letter to Santa Claus and later a note to say "Thank you." However, the beautifully detailed artwork of the girl, cozy Christmas decorations, and new "friends" playing in the snow charmed and warmed my heart. The scenes clearly convey the thoughts and emotions of the little girl. It's very easy to make up your own words or let your child use his/her imagination to tell the story.

My animal-lover daughter, who prefers playing with stuffed puppies and Barbie horses rather than dolls, loved looking at the pictures of the girl with her new dog, horse, and cat. I enjoyed listening to her giggle as she followed their frolic in the snow.

Small, Medium and Large is a classy hardback worth adding to your young child's collection of holiday books. Sleeping Bear Press offers this timeless tale for $15.95. It's the perfect book for children who like to make up their own stories!

Product review by Brandi Tesreau, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, December 2010