The Spider's Gift by Katya Krenina
A Ukrainian Christmas Story

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Katrusya is devastated that her family cannot afford Christmas presents this year, but it simply wouldn't be Christmas without a tree. She soon finds the perfect one in the deepest part of the forest and decorates it with homemade ornaments. But the next day the tree is crawling with spiders! Luckily, Katrusya convinces her mother not to throw the tree away. When the family returns from church that evening, they discover that the spiders have left a dazzling Christmas miracle.

About Katya Krenina

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Eric Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Lafayette College. He also has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois. He was an elementary school teacher and college professor before becoming a full-time writer. He has published over fifty titles, many of which have won state and national awards. His titles "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins" won the Caldecott Honor Medal, "The Chanukkah Guest" and "Gershon's Monster" won the Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award and "Anansi and the Talking Melon" won the Utah Children's Choice Award. Kimmel travels nationally and internationally visiting schools and talking about his books and telling stories. This heartwarming story was beautifully illustrated by Katya Krenina, whose stylized, contemporary illustrations have been lavishly praised by reviewers and heralded as "stunning" by the New York Times Book Review. Publishers Weekly has compared her style to that of Chagall, for its intuitive, dreamlike quality.
Published July 5, 2010 by Holiday House. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Spider eggs are discovered on the tree, but the family keeps the tree anyway so the baby spiders won’t die in the freezing winter weather.

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Frequent collaborators Kimmel and Krenina present a genial, straightforward version of this classic Ukrainian folktale, in which an impoverished family receives a miracle because of the kindness they show to the spiders living in their Christmas tree.

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