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"Glowing paper dioramas are the heart and soul of MacKay''s debut. . . ."
"All of [MacKay''s] forethought and preparation has fittingly paid off in a story that is as surprising as it is nakedly inspirational."—Jay Bushara, —Huffington Post
"The magic of this debut picture book rests in MacKay’s diorama-style illustrations . . . Just the right antidote for The Giving Tree
"The book will be suitable for quiet one-on-one sharing or perhaps as a bedtime selection."
—School Library Journal
"[MacKay] does show unusual sensitivity to effects of color and light."
"A magical, serendipitous story. . . . "
—City Book Review
"This beautiful story is good for all young children. . . ."
—Parents & Teachers, U.S. Kids Magazines
"The delight here is in the remarkable cut-paper forms that bring each scene to life. Delicate and meditative."
"Simple words and beautiful illustrations teach the timeless lesson to never give up, and that with love and patience, a dream can turn into a wonderful gift."—Charlotte Parent
"Each page promises many rewards through repeated viewings, and the book seems destined to become a classic."
—Quill & Quire