The True Gift, A Christmas Story by Patricia MacLachlan
"The True Gift " is a very short story about the true meaning of Christmas. This timely book tells the story of a young boy and his older sister who go to spend the holidays with their grandparents. While there , they notice that "White Cow" as they call her, seems sad. They find out that the donkey that used to be in the pasture with White Cow is no longer there.
At first Lily thinks her brother is mad and is going to ruin Christmas with his moodiness about the cow. He doesn't want to do the things that they normally do when they visit their grandparents and this makes Lily angry. She tells her brother not to ruin Christmas for everyone, after all a cow does not get sad. Liam, the younger brother proves to Lily that indeed cows have feelings. He also convinces her that it is up to them to fix the situation.