Published: October 2019
Publisher: Filter Press
It’s Christmas time in 1896 Cripple Creek, Colorado, and Ruby May Oliver and her donkey, Maude, roam the streets in search of Maude’s missing foal. Along the way, Ruby comes upon four people in need of gifts—gifts she discovers she can give. This gentle tale, with water color illustrations by Nate Jensen, is a great read-aloud or independent read for grades 2 thru 4. Readers who have enjoyed the antics of Ruby, her donkey, Maude, and cat named Trouble in the award winning Ruby and Maude Adventures will enjoy the addition of Maude’s foal, Willy in this heartwarming Christmas story.
About the Author
Nancy Oswald is a native Coloradan who writes mostly Colorado-set historical fiction for young readers. She has also published non-fiction articles, a biography, and a humorous baseball, sibling rivalry, story. Oswald’s books have won the Willa Literary Award, Spur Award, Evvy Award, CAL Award, and numerous finalist recognitions. Nancy enjoys researching, reading, gardening and helping on the family ranch where she lives with her husband, cows, dogs, cats, and one nearly human donkey who lives at home and on the pages of the Ruby and Maude Adventures. Ruby’s Christmas Gifts was picked for a Mom’s Choice Award