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Izzie: The Christmas That Almost Wasn't

TitleIzzie: The Christmas That Almost Wasn't
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsWilson, Budge
Series TitleOur Canadian Girl Izzie
ISBN Number0141002727 (pbk.)
DescriptorsChapter Book; Christmas; English Language; Families; Friendship; Halifax; Holiday; Nova Scotia; Sailors; Second World War; War

In this chapter book, Izzie lives on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, in Granite Cove, near Halifax. It is 1941, and Canada has been fighting in World War II for over two years. Christmas is coming and Izzie and her best friend, Jasper, are responsible for organizing the Christmas party for their families. The day of the event, a big snowstorm arrives which prevents their relatives from travelling, during which a minesweeper is sunk and two sailors and one German come ashore. They are invited to Izzie's to warm up and enjoy Christmas so Izzie's party plans don't go to waste. She is able to enjoy the holiday despite the fact that her relatives could not make it. Includes a glossary of regional terms and war terms, nautical terms, a map of the setting, and a timeline. Izzie is written in third person, past tense.


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“Everyone would be arriving on December 24. Just thinking of the arrival of all those people made Izzie’s tight red curls jiggle up and down with excitement. Behind her round glasses she closed her eyes and thought about the food. It was hard to stop thinking about those two huge, juicy turkeys, the big plum puddings, and the candy canes. But first would come the ride in the truck.” (34).

“‘Okay,’ she said. ‘The meeting will now begin. I’ll write down your suggestions.’
Jasper was all ready. ‘We’ll make a ton of popcorn and pick a lot of rosehips. We can string them together for the table. And maybe for the tree.’ There were enough wild rosebushes in Granite Cove to cover a football field.
‘What tree?’ asked Joey.
‘The one I’m going to cut down,’ said Izzie.’” (39)