It's Christmas and Nella is beside herself with excitement! She and her sisters have been given a real gift—a beautiful Baby Betty doll. But it's hard to share something you've waited your whole seven-year-old life for, and Nella grabs the doll for herself. It isn't long before she discovers that a doll can't do the fun things she and her sisters do together. So, as Christmas day fades, Nella shares it with her sisters. Set in the Depression era South, here's a heartwarming story that captures the essence of the holiday.
Starred Review, Booklist, September 15, 2007: "Parents looking for books on sharing will find this an appealing exploration of the subject, teachers seeking picture books set during the Depression will find many details that bring the period to life. A gentle lesson that plays into the spirit of the holiday." -Carolyn Phelan
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2007: “Full of humorous dialogue and scenes of realistic family life showing the close bonds within the family. Pinkney’s watercolor illustrations are masterful, as always…” - Kirkus Review
Review, The New York Times Book Review, December 2, 2007: "An evocative book with a universal message."
WINNER 2007 Parents' Choice Award WINNER 2007 New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing WINNER 2008 ALA Notable Children's Book SUBMITTED Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices SUBMITTED Charlotte Zolotow Award WINNER ALA Notable Children's Book
The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll by Patricia C. McKissack