By Kathleen Long Bostrom Illustrated by Guy Portfiro
Papa’s Gift is a poignant story of the love and loss between a little girl and her grandfather. They are the best of friends. They do everything together—make snow angels and snowflake sandwiches, and build snow chickens. They make up funny words and stories sitting in Papa’s creaky, old rocking chair—until one day Papa Clarence falls ill and eventually dies. Clara can’t understand why God took her Papa away. Why didn’t God answer her prayer? She no longer liked doing the things they had done together. She did not even want to sit in the creaky, old rocking chair. Through a special gift Clara had received from Papa, she begins to understand that although she can’t see her grandfather with her eyes anymore; she can always see him with her heart.'