The king finds the perfect soft, red cloth to make the princess a cloak for Christmas. Once the cloak is made, the leftover cloth is put outside where, in turn, it is found by someone and made into a different present. Each gift gets smaller and smaller as the leftover cloth diminishes - but it's still just right - until the last teeny bit of cloth is used to make a scarf for the smallest mouse to keep him warm from the winter chill. Rhythmical writing and vibrant and energetic pictures bring to life this lovely story with a perfect Christmas message that giving to your loved ones is just as much fun as receiving.
Birdie Black runs an independent children's publisher in London.