Smudge and the Book of Mistakes by Gloria Whelan
A Christmas Story

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The monastery of St. Ambrose is situated on the Irish island of Morcarrick. Here, monks old and young live quiet lives spent in prayer and service. One day the Abbot decides that Brother Bede, their finest illuminator of manuscripts, will illustrate the Christmas story. It will be magnificent, praised throughout the world (as will St. Ambrose). Unfortunately, young Brother Cuthbert has been chosen to assist Brother Bede in this project. Cuthbert is impatient, lacks discipline, and even worse--is known for making mistakes. His nickname is "Smudge." How can someone so ill-suited assist in the creation of the greatest book of all? Award-winning author Gloria Whelan shows that sometimes, when given the right task, someone's greatest weakness can prove to be his greatest strength.

About Gloria Whelan

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recived the National Book Award for her young adult novel,Homeless Bird. Her books inlcudeThe Boy Who Wanted to CookandJam with Holly and Nellie. She lives near Lake St. Clair in Michigan. attended the Philadelphia College of Art. His picture books inlcudeThe Christmas Spider's Miracle
Published June 1, 2013 by Sleeping Bear Press. 48 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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National Book Award–winner Whelan (Homeless Bird) writes a substantive story about the value of perseverance.

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