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Wallace, Ian The Man Who Walked The Earth.

Wallace, Ian THE MAN WHO WALKED THE EARTH. ISBN 0-88899-545-8. Toronto, ON: Groundwood, 2003. 32 pp. $17.95. This is a wonderful Christmas story about a family that is separated as a result of a prolonged drought on the prairies. The father leaves his wife and two children in search of work. Each day, the mother sets an extra place at the table in case anyone might be in need of a meal; she hopes someone will do the same for her husband. After eight months (just before Christmas), a stranger arrives out of the cold. He brings gifts, magical tricks, and a sense of hope. The illustrations are beautiful, evoking the dark winter night when the father leaves and the warmth created by the stranger working his magic. This magical book offers rich teaching opportunities (prairies, winter, Christmas, and the stranger) as it touches upon a wide range of emotions evoked by both the text and illustrations. Ages 6-10.

Margaret James, Toronto District

School Board, ON
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Author:James, Margaret
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Date:Dec 22, 2004
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