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New York : Dell Yearling,
IL 3-6, RL 3.0
animals talk: That's the question brothers Matt and Jamie, are wondering
about. It's Christmas Eve and it's their first Christmas since Ma
passed away. They're trying not to be too sad since they're a whole
lot sad anyway. Now that it is Christmas Eve, they wonder about something
Ma said. Ma always told them that animals could talk. She said
that in Bethlehem on Christmas night, the animals all gathered around the
manger and warmed baby Jesus with their breath. In order to thank
the animals, God gave all the animals a miracle: every year on Christmas
Eve at the stroke of midnight, the animals can talk.
To honor Ma's Christmas tradition of feeding the birds, Jamie and his dog
Sara set out to hang suet on the tree outdoors. While doing this,
they are attacked by a ferocious grizzly bear who injures Sara and who
chases them both into the woods during a fierce blizzard. As the
hours pass and Jamie's situation grows more desperate with each passing
hour, he learns finally for himself if animals really do talk at the stroke
of midnight on Christmas Eve. (Suzanne O'Hara, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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