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by Jo Ellen Bogart, illustrated by Barbara Reid

ISBN 9781443170086 Paperback
36 Pages | 8.11" x 9.69" | Ages 3 to 8
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Celebrating 25 years in print!

Grandma is taking a trip around the world, and she’s bringing back wonderful gifts for everyone!

My grandma went a-travelling, said:

“What would you have me bring?”
“Not much,” said I,
“Just a piece of the sky,
and a hundred songs I can sing . . .”

When Grandma heads out for adventure she asks her granddaughter what she should bring back.

The creative response and remarkable fulfillment are delivered through clever rhyme and magical illustrations in this lovely cross-generational story!

This classic tale from award-winning creators Jo Ellen Bogart and Barbara Reid is now available with a fresh new look!

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Praise for Gifts:

“. . . a cheerful and poignant evocation of the bond between the old and the young, and the special gifts of shared experience.” —Today’s Parent

“Barbara Reid’s plasticine art is absolutely magical . . . Jo Ellen Bogart’s lyrical, rhyming text is full of love and wonder.” —The London Free Press

“A real delight.” —The Vancouver Sun


  • Commended, IBBY International Honour List, Illustration, 1995
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 1995
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 1995
  • Short-listed, Mr. Christie's Book Award, 1995
  • Short-listed, Dimensional Illustrators Award, 1995
  • Winner, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, 1995
  • Commended, Canadian Materials Best of the Year list , 1994
  • Commended, Canadian Bookseller's Fall selections , 1994

Rights Sold

  • Arabic - Nahdet Misr
  • Chinese Simplified - Huaxia
  • Korean - Sakyejul
  • Portuguese - Caramelo
  • Spanish - Everest

Selling Points

  • The best gifts, such as stories and experiences, are intangible!
  • Focus on building community, in contrast to fueling consumerism.
  • Celebrating 25 years in print!

Also by
Barbara Reid

  • Watch It Grow: Backyard Life Cycles
  • Picture the Sky
  • Baby's First Treasury
  • Read Me A Book
  • The Night Before Christmas

Also by
Jo Ellen Bogart

  • Jeremiah Learns to Read

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Contact Information

Maral Maclagan, Rights and Contracts Manager | 416-915-3524
604 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E1

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