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Koller, Jackie French.
New York : Dell Yearling, 2001.
IL 3-6, RL 3.0
ISBN 0440416582
Do 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,

SUBJECTS:     Worms -- Fiction.
                        Diaries -- Fiction.


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