Author Emma Price’s goal for writing this book is to show boys and girls how they can be determined, think outside of the box, and think of something that would make others feel good. Most kids between the ages of 4 – 8 are self-centered, think of what they like, and do not consider others’ likes and needs.
On several occasions, Marlon asks his teacher if the gifts he likes could be the gift for the kids at the hospital, she rejects them. Marlon’s spirit is crushed. But he is determined to find the ideal gift. So, he keeps on searching.
The main character, Marlon, is a good role model. He persists until, on his own, he comes up with an idea of a gift that his teacher accepts.
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The Perfect Gift: Something Special by Emma L. Price is suitable for children aged 5 and up. It is concise and easy to read, with small blocks of text in clear bold font on each illustrated page. The watercolor pictures by Beverly Hawkins Hall are bright, clean, and uncluttered. They show personality, thought, and feeling on the faces of the characters. The grandparents’ cat is named Mr. Spock, which I appreciated, as will most adults who read this book aloud. The family dynamics depicted in the story are worthy of emulation: there is a mutual respect that’s all the more effective because it is taken for granted. Another thing I appreciate is that the characters, including the young protagonist, think and speak in grammatically correct sentences.
The child in the story is going through a process of thinking of other people’s needs, and the child reading or hearing the story can follow along, contributing their own ideas, which may generate some interesting and worthwhile conversations. This is a book that teaches good values, good relationships, and good communication. The Perfect Gift: Something Special by Emma L. Price sets an excellent example. I enjoyed reading it and warmly recommend it to parents, grandparents, elementary schools, and libraries.
— Francis Mont for Readers’ Favorite
I enjoyed this book. As a former elementary classroom teacher, this is a book that I would have enjoyed reading aloud to my students. The Perfect Gift would have stimulated their interest and captured their attention. It would have led to great discussion topics such as determination, family life, and caring about and helping others.
Ms. Price has written a book that any child would cherish. The Perfect Book Something Special is relatable and appropriate for young readers. It is easy reading with repetitions that even younger children could learn to read.
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. Ms. Price has written another award-winning book.
— Kayrese McDuffie
— Michael Thal, Author of The Legend of Koolura