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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
It is Christmas Eve and the streets are crowded with people shopping and eating food. Everyone is in the festive mood and there is no time to brood. Shelly is sitting alone in her room, struggling to make a stocking on Christmas Eve. She does not know whether to stitch or weave it. She finds an old purple bag torn on one side and Shelly thinks it will be perfect to make a long and wide stocking. She spends her time stitching and making it look spunky. She sews a few bells on its crown to give it some extra zing and then hangs it on the window shaft. Shelly decides to stay up all night and wait for Santa but she finds it hard to stay awake and falls asleep. The story takes a whimsical turn when the stocking climbs down the window and runs out of the house. Will the stocking return and will Shelly get her Christmas presents?
Shelly's Stocking Goes Missing by Anitha Rathod is a magical story that captures the essence and spirit of the Christmas season. Children's storybooks are incomplete without pictures and the illustrations in this book are bright, colorful, and charming, just like the season. It is a perfect book to gift children this Christmas and can be used in classrooms for read aloud sessions to make the spirit of Christmas come alive. The stocking's journey in the town is enchanting and the glitz and glow of Christmas is palpable as it merrily wanders around the town. I like the way the author captures the magic of the season and makes the story whimsical and special to young readers. The author adds to the personal touch of the story by deriving inspiration from her daughter, who posed as Shelly's character for her while writing this.