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An Invisible Thread Christmas Story
Contributor(s): Schroff, Laura, Tresniowski, Alex, Root, Barry (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1481419307     ISBN-13: 9781481419307
Publisher: Little Simon
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2015

Annotation: Shares the inspiring story of the author's first Christmas spent with Maurice, a poor young boy she met on the street, during which the boy gave her a cherished toy to demonstrate how much he valued their friendship.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Children and adults; Juvenile literature.
African American boys; New York (State); New York; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Poor children; New York (State); New York; Biography; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Social Activists
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Christmas & Advent
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Family
Dewey: 974.70092/2
LCCN: 2015016092
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 12.00" W x 0.25" (0.75 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 178489
Reading Level: 3.7   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
Young African American Maurice is asking for spare change on the street when he meets Laura, an adult white woman who takes him to lunch, then dinner every Monday, and then to her family home for Christmas. What Maurice's family thinks of all this is not revealed, but one senses little reality in this "true story" drawn from Schroff's adult memoir. The illustrations portray much smiling. Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 September #2)

Based on Schroff's bestselling 2011 memoir, An Invisible Thread, also written with Tresniowski, this picture book focuses on a Christmas that Schroff spent with Maurice, a child she met after he asked her for change on the street in New York City. Their initial encounter developed into weekly meals and a friendship that crossed both racial and generational lines. Maurice narrates his holiday activities with Schroff, after she learns his family never had the money to celebrate Christmas. Root's warm, textural illustrations bring the wintery city to life, but the lack of information surrounding Maurice's family background (in which drugs had a sizeable presence), while understandable given the target audience, is likely to leave readers with questions. Even so, the importance of generosity grounds the book, further amplified by endnotes from both Schroff and Maurice, as well as suggestions for how readers can integrate kindness into their daily lives. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 October)

K-Gr 2—Based on Schroff's best-selling book, An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny (Howard Bks, 2011), this picture book encapsulates the friendship that grew between a young working woman and a hungry boy on the streets of New York City. The boy, Maurice, narrates the tale of their meeting, sharing Monday night meals together, and eventually spending Christmas together—the first "real" Christmas Maurice ever had. The story never tries to hide the fact that it is message-driven, and everything is cheery and wonderful. Root's illustrations aptly convey the action as the tale unfolds. Inspiring notes from both the real-life Laura and the now-grown Maurice follow the uplifting account. A further bonus is included in the form of a guide for parents on teaching their children to perform acts of kindness. VERDICT There is apt to be a large audience for this one.—Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library

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