A family of adorable pigs decides that this year they will make their gifts to each other for Christmas rather than buy gifts. Each family member is excited to try. Momma makes breakfast, Dad makes a blanket, and sister Rosie sings a song. But the littlest pig, Luca, struggles to come up with an idea. What can he make? In this charming story, Luca discovers that homemade gifts are special, but being together is the best gift of all.


"The story is satisfying in both length and emotional tone, with everyone contributing to the family's celebration in a meaningful way. Charming watercolor illustrations of the porcine household include amusing clothing for all the pigs and a cozy home decorated for Christmas." Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2105

Publisher’s Weekly:

Homespun in both its message and delivery, Cocca-Leffler’s ode to the true spirit of Christmas introduces an amiable pig family that is shaking up its traditions. When Luca’s sister, Rosie, proposes they create homemade presents for each other this year, Luca is stumped. He bungles gift-making ideas from his parents and Rosie, but Momma’s words of consolation (“the best part of Christmas is spending time together. There is no better gift”) provide just the right inspiration. A heartwarming Christmas-morning finale crystalizes the story’s theme of togetherness, as the presents (elderberry syrup, a blanket big enough for four, a song, and a jar of family activity suggestions) are enjoyed equally by all. Playful details in Cocca-Leffler’s festive watercolors—Luca’s impractical gift ideas scribbled on sticky notes; hair curlers Momma wears but scarcely needs—add a touch of spice to the sweetness. Ages 4–7. (Oct.)