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ADRIANA TRIGIANI, Very Valentine
The book I'd like to get for Christmas: The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein
II (edited by Amy Asch and introduced by Ted Chapin), because Hammerstein was
one of the greatest American artists of all time—his lyrics are poetic, romantic, and
full of hope. Perfect for Christmas morning, with a message to carry the whole year
through: Choose love.
The book I will give is Brava, Strega Nona!, written and illustrated by
Tomie dePaola. What's Christmas morning without a pop-up book? Italian wisdom from a
wise witch and gorgeous illustrations, including an overflowing pasta pot where the
noodles look like ribbons. Pure joy for children of all ages.