The day he left their mother set an extra place at the table in case a stranger should come by looking for a meal. "Wherever your father is, I hope someone will set a place for him," she says. Eight months later no one has come to their door.
Then on Christmas night, they hear knocking. A mysterious stranger enters. AndrÃ© and Elise first realize that he is extraordinary when he does a magic trick with the salt shaker. After he finishes a huge meal, Mr. Balzini shows the family just how extraordinary he is. Silk scarves, a sunflower and a magic book are just the prelude to a spectacular trick, which conjures up the northern lights.Is it the magician who brings their father home just in time for Christmas?
In a story that evokes the myth of the prophet Elijah, and other folktales about the rewards of performing acts of kindness for strangers, Ian Wallace gives us a magical, beautiful book.
About: After their father has been gone for eight months in search of work, a stranger arrives at Andre and Elise's home on Christmas night and sits at the place at the table always made in case a stranger visits, in the hopes that their father is getting the same treatment from another family while he is away.
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