Published October 18th 2016 by Schwartz & Wade
Format read: ARC via publisher
It’s Christmas Eve, and Bird, Rabbit, Deer, and Squirrel are eagerly waiting for Santa to fly overhead. When he does, a gift tumbles out of his sleigh, landing in the woods. The friends find the gift and read the tag: “For the new baby at the farm. Love, Santa.” And so, in spite of Squirrel’s grumbling—“It’s not our baby”—they set off on a long journey to deliver it. Sweet, poignant, and starring a cast of truly adorable characters, this is a story sure to be shared year after year at Christmastime.
Such was the case with the exquisitely beautiful The Lost Gift, by Kallie George and Stephanie Graegin. George introduces us to a cheerful group of animal friends, who convene together into the woods. They come across a present lost by Santa, and make it a point to deliver the gift to the right recipient.
Sometimes, some of the best stories are the simplest ones, and this was absolutely the case with The Lost Gift. George paints a beautiful picture of curious forest animals who set out together on a selfless goal; one that reminds readers of the true meaning of joy and celebration during the holiday season. (And of course, there's a little surprise in it for them as well!)
Graegin's art is exquisite, bringing together the expansive forest in a way that feels warm and welcoming. The animals clearly have their own personalities and charms as well, and readers are bound to close the story with a smile on their face.
I highly, happily recommend this book, full stop.