Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift

Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift book cover: close up of a snow covered house. One porch, with hands a the raling, is a female brown bear wearing a green sweater. Next to her is a male brown bear in a blue vest. Both have mouths open with tongues out to catch the falling snowflakes“She shook her savings bank upside down. Only a few coins fell out. How could she give Boris something special if she had only a few coins?”

Boris is a musician from Russia. Stella is an Italian cake maker. Boris and Stella are neighbors and the best of friends. Each admires the other for their talents. They have a love of hats and scary movies in common. This year the eighth and final night of Hanukkah falls on December 24th, Christmas Eve. Boris and Stella will spend the holidays together. Both are both worried that without much money they will not be able to give one another a special gift. Will this Christmas and Hanukkah story have a happy ending? 

Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift is a thoughtful holiday story from author and illustrator Dara Goldman. Goldman was inspired by O. Henry’s early twentieth-century tale, The Gift of the Magi. The two bears show that being with your loved ones is the most important part of any season. Young readers might be surprised by the ending of Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift. This title is not to be missed.  

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Jade, Kids World