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THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS; A Giving Tradition

Author: Nicky Benson

Illustrator: Jason Cockcroft

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Publisher: Tiger Tales, 2014

Material: hard cover

Summary: Drew loves Christmas! Who doesn't? When Mama tells him that sometimes children don't get presents (even if they want to), Drew has an idea. He writes a letter to Santa offering some of his own toys and clothes. Santa picks them up, takes them to the North Pole, and then delivers them to children so their Christmas wishes can come true. This seasonal picture book shares the story of a young boy's generosity.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 and Up

Interest Level: 4 and Up

Reading Level: 3.6

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: What a fabulous story. It is so hard for children to let go of some of their things. This Christmas story helps them see how letting go can make someone as happy as they have been, and also opens their hearts to giving. I love the idea of making this a family tradition.

Pros: This Christmas book is a very special story that all ages can enjoy, appreciate, and bring to life.

Cons: Absolutely none.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. You can purchase either the book or the book set (which comes with bag and bell. This can easily be part of your family tradition for the season.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TOO MANY TOYS   THE GIVING BOOK: OPEN THE DOOR TO A LIFETIME OF GIVING   HATTIE, GET A HAIRCUT!

Educational Themes: This story opens the door to talking about families - being grateful for what you have, and helping others in need. Although this is a Christmas story, the theme is something that has year-round value.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book and the book/gift set knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. These items will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, Christmas, philanthropy

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2014

Other Reviews: See Critics Reviews at barnesandnoble.com; and reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com.




                 

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