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Christmas at the Toy Museum    by David Lucas order for
Christmas at the Toy Museum
by David Lucas
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2012 (2012)
Hardcover, Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

It's Christmas Eve at the Toy Museum but all the toys are in for a big surprise. When the museum closes and everyone has left, the toys all gather around the Christmas tree and are shocked to discover there are no gifts under it.

That's when Bunting, an old toy cat, comes up with an excellent idea. 'Let us not be downhearted! Why don't we all give one another ourselves?' he exclaims.

What a splendid idea! The toys all agree and begin wrapping one another in festive holiday paper.

Soon there are lots of gifts under the tree. When Christmas morning arrives, the fun begins as the unwrapping starts. The last person unwrapped is Bunting. Unfortunately, there is no one left for the poor old cat to unwrap. That means he doesn't have a present! How sad!

At this point the angel atop the Christmas tree intervenes. She flies down from her perch and gives Bunting a very, very special golden box tied with a golden ribbon.

What's in the box? Sorry, you'll have to read the book to find out!

This clever picture book stresses the idea that it is better to give than receive and isn't that what Christmas is all about? You'll love the illustrations of all the toys and the book's message is one that can't be restated too often. Christmas at the Toy Museum is definitely an early gift you might want to give your child or grandchild or perhaps even donate to the local school in your neighborhood.

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