Written and Illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins

Thomas has saved apples, berries, plums, apricots, grapes, and cherries all year in preparation for his wintercake (known to us as fruitcake.) On Winter’s Eve Thomas has lost his basket of fruit and is heartbroken. He believes that without the traditional wintercake the holiday is ruined. His friend Lucy thinks about her friend’s plight and while at a cafe overhears a stranger saying he found a basket of fruit in the woods. Immediately Lucy perceives the stranger is a thief and a scoundrel. She is ashamed of herself when she sees the stranger return the fruit to Thomas. Thomas and Lucy then embark on an adventure to give a wintercake to the stranger to express their gratitude to him. Sometimes a mistake can be a wonderful thing and that is what this story is about.

Reviewed by LeeAnne Grover, Media Clerk, Hillside Elementary
Rating: ★★★✩✩ (3 stars)
Interest Level: Kindergarten-3rd

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Written and Illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins
Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
48 pages
Release Date: October 15, 2019
ISBN: 0062894870
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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