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“Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”
Summary: Christmas is almost here, and 7-year-old Josh Miller is driving everyone crazy. He knows the “Secret of Christmas” and expects that Santa Claus will bring him every item on his list. With just a week to go before Christmas, Josh’s dad lost his job. But all Josh could think about was presents. On Christmas Eve, Matty, Josh’s 4-year-old brother, was rushed to the hospital to have a life threatening tumor removed. This event was a wake-up call for Josh. Now he needs to repair lots of damage. Is there enough time? This is a seasonal chapter book that frames the holiday in the broader picture of what's important in life.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 8 to 12
Reading Level: 6.9
Age of Child: Review pending.
Young Reader Reaction: We struggled to get our 8-year-old to sit and listen to this.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a seasonal story that would be good to have in the classroom on the Monday after Thanksgiving. The story is authentic, the theme is clear, and the characters are believable. I would give this an 8 out of 10 for seasonal stories.
Pros: This is a wholesome Christmas story that children and parents will find enjoyable.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. Parents and teachers can use this as a meaningful discussion starter.
Educational Themes: The story brings home the theme that giving and receiving presents is not the primary function of the Christmas holiday. This is a useful resource for parents, teachers, or Sunday School guides.
Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 6.9
Literary Categories: Fiction - Christmas, coming of age, Christian