The cover alone would have made me pick up the book. I love the colorful illustrations and the textured surface. That same quality of imagery was throughout the book. The large illustrations cover almost the entire page and really help tell the story.
The story was sweet and was inspiring. The theme of giving cheerfully was woven through an entertaining story and will show children the importance of thinking of others. The olden days feel made the story very nostalgic for me. Both of my children (8yrs and 5 yrs) loved the story and wanted me to read it again. This book will be kept so we can read it every year at Christmas.