Lori has the perfect gift: a bright red strawberry that Grandma will just love!
But what happens when hip! hop! plop! the berry falls into the river where a crocodile lurks?!
All Lori's friends have to work together to give this story a happy ending that will last as long as a lovingly made book.

illustration from The Perfect Gift by Mary Newell DePalma

Kirkus Reviews
...A solid salute to friendship, creativity, and the power of a homemade gift.

Publisher's Weekly
...Lots of action and a satisfying ending will please young readers.

School Library Journal
...While DePalma uses delightfully expressive, rhythmic language to tell her accessible tale,
her acrylic illustrations are the standout. Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY



illustration from The Perfect Gift by Mary Newell DePalma
Don't worry! Everything turns out just fine. Find this coloring page on my fun page.

Illustration from The Perfect Gift by Mary Newell DePalma Illustration from The Perfect Gift by Mary Newell DePalma
First Lori's friends use their unique talents try to help her retrieve her strawberry,
and then they use their "beaks and jaws, feathers and paws' to make something special for Grandma.


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