Book Review: Just Right by Birdie Black

Just Right has a subtle, underlying message that joy can be found in giving and that Christmas is a time to give to those less fortunate than us.

A King buys a roll of red, soft, Christmassy fabric with which he plans to have a cloak made for his daughter, the princess. Instead of wasting the scraps of material, they are left on the back door step where a maid finds them and makes a jacket for her mother. She too leaves her scraps on the back door step.

This soft, red and Christmassy roll of fabric goes a long way. The scraps are continually salvaged until every last bit of the fabric has been used.

Each character who stumbles across the fabric immediately thinks of a special person in their life and creates a handmade gift.

From a royal cloak wrapped in golden paper and silver ribbon to a tiny pair of gloves wrapped in a leaf, these gifts make Christmas feel’ just right’.

Rosalind Beardshaw’s illustrations are rich in colour and texture and you just want to reach right in and touch that Christmassy, soft cloth.

Book Details:

Author: Birdie Black

Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Nosy Crow (Allen & Unwin), October 2011

RRP: A$22.95

Suitable for ages 2+

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