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The Scallop Christmas Rating:

Times were tough in the small New England fishing village where Marcie lived. No one had any money, and work was hard to find. So the villagers rejoiced one glorious fall when an unexpected bounty of scallops filled their little bay. For young Marcie, a week of harvesting scallops also brought an unexpected adventure and a lesson about love that she would never forget.

This heart-warming children's story is sure to become a Christmas classic. Told in the tradition of Robert McCloskey, it is suitable as both a read-to book and as an independent reader book.


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"This nostalgic tale of a very special gift -- not the special Christmas present itself but the love it symbolizes -- is the first children's book by Jane Freeberg. Set in a Maine coastal village, the story of a family working together during the Depression provides a glimpse into the past with its description of scallop harvesting, as well as a good lesson about what really matters. Astrid Sheckel's watercolors create a strong sense of time and place." -- Elizabeth Kennedy, Children's Books, Best Children's Books of 2009

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Jane Freeberg
Illustrator Astrid Sheckels
ISBN 1934031259
Publication Date Oct 8, 2009
Publisher Islandport Press
Language English