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A Gift for Mama : Puffin Chapters - Esther Hautzig

A Gift for Mama

Puffin Chapters

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A heartwarming story about a girl's plan to buy her mom the perfect Mother's Day present

Where there’s a will, there’s a way . . . As soon as Sara sees the beautiful black satin slippers in the shoe store window, she knows they’re the perfect Mother’s Day gift for Mama. Sara has always made gifts for her family on special occasions, but this time she’s determined to give a store-bought present—just like grown-ups do. But grown-ups have spending money, and Sara does not. Until she makes a plan . . .

“A gentle tribute to family solidarity. . . . Vigorous and expressive illustrations capture the luminous charm of the book.”—The Horn Book

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Poland during the 1930s, Sara's artistic mother always insists that the best presents are handmade and those Sara makes are best of all. But for once Sara wants to buy Mama a Mother's Day present, a pair of black satin slippers to wear with the black satin robe from Papa. Mama, who goes around in an old red flannel robe, says she'll wear the grander one when she has new slippers. But how to get nine zlotys for slippers? Sara, who is adept with the needle, will be a "clothes doctor" for her young aunt Margola's college friends. "Their clothes do look shabby," says Margola. "Many of my friends aren't from Vilna. They live not with their families but in rented rooms. . . ." So Sara works busily for weeks, and though at first Mama accepts the store-bought slippers coolly, she melts when she sees all the hand work Sara did to get them. There's no more to the story than the title suggests - namely, family warmth and social studies value - but it will no doubt find its place. (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 9780140385519
ISBN-10: 0140385517
Series: Puffin Chapters
Audience: Children
For Ages: 8 - 9 years old
For Grades: 3 - 4
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 64
Published: 1st April 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.05
Edition Type: New edition