"This nostalgic tale of a very special gift - not the special Christmas present itself but the love it symbolizes - is the first children's book by Jane Freeberg. Set in a Maine coastal village, the story of a family working together during the Depression provides a glimpse into the past with its description of scallop harvesting, as well as a good lesson about what really matters. Astrid Sheckel's watercolors create a strong sense of time and place."
– Elizabeth Kennedy, About.com Children's Books, Best Children's Books of 2009
"Once in a great while something different comes along that is truly absorbing and moving and tells this tale of the Christmas spirit in words and illustrations in a way that is both very familiar and very new. Such a book is The Scallop Christmas, by Jane Freeberg and Astrid Sheckels ... young readers will not only get a deep enjoyment from the happy ending of the tale, in the process they will have learned something about scallops, courage under pressure and the rewards of patience."
– Nan Lincoln, The Bar Harbor (ME) Times
"Sheckels adds color, vitality, a crispness and life to all 32 pages of her new book ..." – The Greenfield (MA) Recorder