Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
In Peter H. Reynolds’s whimsical holiday story, young Roland learns that more isn’t always better — and rediscovers the magic of home.
Roland can’t wait for Christmas Day, and when the morning finally arrives he races downstairs to see what is waiting for him. What he sees stops him in his tracks. Could that tiny present really be what he had waited all year for? It has to be the smallest gift he had ever seen! So Roland wishes for something bigger . . . and bigger . . . and bigger. But he’s still convinced there must be a bigger gift somewhere in the universe. Will he know it when he sees it? Peter H. Reynolds’s spare, free-spirited illustrations and heartwarming text make this be-carefulwhat-you-wish-for story the perfect holiday gift.
About the author
Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times best-selling illustrator who has created many acclaimed books for children. In addition to his Creatrilogy—The Dot, Ish, and Sky Color—he is the author-illustrator of Rose’s Garden, The North Star, and So Few of Me and the illustrator of Megan McDonald’s Judy Moody and Stink series. Born in Canada, Peter H. Reynolds now lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.
A warmhearted, whimsical story with a folkloric feel and a theme that is anything but small.
A boy with grand holiday expectations discovers that size is relative when it comes to gifts. ... Roland’s red polka-dot pajamas are among the splashes of holiday color in the spirited vignettes that playfully accent ample white space and Reynolds’s brief, hand-lettered text.
This story of “good things come in small packages” and the value of family is a welcome offering.
—School Library Journal
Reynolds’ spare illustrations, which are by turns funny and heartwarming, make this small book an ideal big gift for the holidays.
A small book with a big heart.
A lovely story about the perfect holiday gift: family.
—The Huffington Post
Other titles by Peter H. Reynolds
El pequeño soñador feliz (Little Happy Dreamer)
Je t’aime de tout mon coeur
Love You by Heart
Stink: The Stupendously Super-Sonic Collection
Stink: The Super-Incredible Collection