Three Cheers for Catherine the Great! by DK

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A little English, a little Russian, and a lot of heart make a birthday celebration you won't want to miss! When Sara's grandma, Catherine the Great, suddenly announces, "This year for my birthday, I want no presents! I have music in my Russian bones, and laughing in my heart. I have the day and the night, and I have all of you," Sara is surprised. How can Grandma have a birthday party with no presents?" Her mama explains that a NO PRESENT can be anything from a kiss or a hug to a game of gin rummy -- as long as it comes from deep inside you. But what kind of NO PRESENT would be good enough for Catherine the Great? Mr. Minsky, Monica, and her dad, Mary Caruso and her baby, Mimmo, already have good ideas. But it isn't until Sara is surrounded by Grandma's bundles of Russian newspapers and books that she gets her won idea: She will teach Grandma to read and write English. This lively borscht-and-blintzes birthday celebration shows that sometimes NO PRESENTS can be the best presents of all.
 

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Cari Best's books include" Shrinking Violet" and" Goose's Story," She lives in Weston, Connecticut. Giselle Potter an award-winning illustrator. She lives in Kingston, New York. Giselle Potter is the author and illustrator of "The Year I Didn't Go to School, " which is based upon her travels around Italy with her family's theater troupe at age seven. She is also the illustrator of "The Brave Little Seamstress" and "Kate and the Beanstalk, " both by Mary Pope Osborne, "The Honest-to-Goodness Truth" by Patricia C. McKissack, and "Gabriella's Song" by Candace Fleming. Ms. Potter lives in Rosendale, New York.
 
Published September 1, 1999 by DK CHILDREN. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Best (Last Licks) and Potter (When Agnes Caws) join their considerable talents for a not-to-be-missed borscht-and-blintzes birthday party for a hardworking Russian grandmother. The tenants in Sara's a

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"Three cheers indeed!," said PW in a starred review of this tale of Grandma Catherine's party, to which all the tenants of Sara's apartment build

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"Three cheers indeed!," said PW in a starred review of this tale of Grandma Catherine's party, to which all the tenants of Sara's apartment building have been invited, with one caveat: that there be no presents.

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Sara (along with the neighbors) decides to study Grandma so she can think up the perfect ""no present."" Over the course of the week, Grandma plays a Russian clapping song to quiet Mary Caruso's baby, Mimmo;

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This warm story provides a glimpse into the lives of a Russian immigrant, her descendants, and her fellow apartment tenants.

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This warm story provides a glimpse into the lives of a Russian immigrant, her descendants, and her fellow apartment tenants.

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