Beloved author-illustrator Patricia Polacco’s holiday story is a wonderful ode to the magic of family, Christmas, and giving the right kind of gifts—gifts filled with love.
Richie and Trisha want to buy Christmas gifts for their family, but they don't have enough money. Enter Kay Lamity, a new housekeeper . . . but is that all she is? She comes into their lives like a whirlwind, brimming with positive energy and a can-do attitude. Kay not only straightens them out when it comes to whether or not Santa Claus is real, she teaches them something about gifts: the just-good-enough kind that come from the pocketbook and the unforgettable kind that come from the heart. Because of Kay, Trisha and Richie—and the family—have a Christmas morning they will never forget.
Celebrating the joy of homemade gifts, Patricia Polacco introduces readers to a new character who is truly a force of nature in this story reminiscent of Christmas Tapestry and An Orange for Frankie. This is a magical Christmas story the author swears is true, right down to the sleigh tracks on the farmhouse roof!
It's Richie and Trisha's last Christmas on Grampa's farm, and they're convinced that the new housekeeper, who comes in the wake of Gramma's death, does not belong. But Kay Lamity gradually wins them over with her domestic talents, comforting bosom, and backcountry ways and wisdom. Polacco strains credibility by giving Kay Lamity lines like, "Well, slap my face to the side of a hog and let him roll in the mud," but once again the energetic lyricism of her watercolors is a triumph. Winter always finds Polacco in her element, and her scenes of snug interiors and snowy landscapes find the emotional truths in even overly sentimental moments. Ages 5 8.