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Children's Fiction Christmas & Advent

Dear Canada Christmas Story No. 8: Shirley Goodness

by (author) Perry Nodelman

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Dec 2012
Christmas & Advent, General
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    Publish Date
    Dec 2012
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


A holiday treat for fans of the Dear Canada Series, and all lovers of historical fiction!

Experience the true spirit of giving. Sally's streetwise cousin Benny has complicated her life before, nudging her out of the comfort of her close-knit Jewish neighbourhood. And he's about to complicate things again when he takes her younger sisters to the Santa Claus Parade and Hindl starts yearning for a Shirley Temple doll. How will a poor family, living through the Depression and struggling to make ends meet, ever afford that?

This short story was originally published in Dear Canada: A Christmas to Remember, a collection featuring many of Canada's top writers for children, including Jean Little, Sarah Ellis, Carol Matas, and more. New readers will adore this stand-alone holiday tale, while fans of the Series will recognize the voice of Sally, whom they first met in the popular Dear Canada book Not a Nickel to Spare.

Collect all 12 Dear Canada Christmas stories this season and enjoy a very happy holiday!

About the author

Perry Nodelman is professor emeritus of English at the University of Winnipeg and author of The Pleasure of Children’s Literature and Words About Pictures: The Narrative Art of Children’s Picture Books. Professor Nodelman is also an accomplished author of children’s books such as Behaving Bradley.

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