REVIEW: Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift by Dara Goldman
Boris is a musician, playing the songs he learned growing up in Russia. Stella is a baker, baking cakes and pastries like her father used to back in Italy. Boris and Stella live in the city and are best friends. They like movies, hats, and each other. At holiday time, Stella wants to give Boris the perfect present for Hanukkah. She wants him to know how special he is. Boris wants to give Stella the perfect present for Christmas—she means so much to him. But perfect presents cost money and their savings banks contain very little. To make their dreams of perfect presents come true, Boris and Stella each sacrifice something very special. In a nod to O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi comes this tender story celebrating traditions, friendships, and gifts from the heart.
I started reading this book thinking it was only about Hanukkah. Turns out Stella is Christian while Boris is Jewish but they’re best friends and determined to get the other a holiday gift. But with little money, what will they do? Yes, it’s based on O. Henry’s famous story and is just as meaningful with bears as characters. Stella and Boris give from the heart, give the perfect gifts, and rediscover how well they know each other. B