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I think this will become a classic,
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This review is from: The Empty Stocking (Paperback)
My kids love Christmas stories but I try to save them for just before Christmas, December at the earliest - though this rule does get broken.
A couple of weeks ago we got this from the library, because I wanted to see if it was a good fit with my pre-Christmas reading list. (others include: Lucy & Tom's Christmas, Harvey Slumfenberger's Christmas Present, The Little Owl and the Star) It was an instant hit and I've already ordered a hardback copy.
The story is two twins, a good twin and a 'naughty' twin. We're approaching Christmas and it looks like the naughty twin isn't going to get anything from Father Christmas (who appears in the book). But maybe the naughty twin can pull off a last minute act so good that she'll change his mind. Really, it's about sibling love and unselfishness.
I've tried a lot of books about siblings to try to get my kids to get on. They're two years apart and they argue daily. Those books never work, but this one struck a chord with both of them. I have to say that the last couple of pages always make me cry when I'm reading it. A couple of the contemporary references/in-Curtis-jokes are possibly a bit arch and annoying for some readers (eg the DVD shelf groans with Curtis movies) but it has been written with love and shimmers with love.