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    1. Charles Karalt's Christmas
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    2. The Wounded Buzzard on Christmas
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    3. A Christmas Carol
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    4. The Christmas Cross
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    5. An Ulster Christmas
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    6. The Christmas Tree
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    7. This Year It Will Be Different
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    8. Arthur's Christmas (Arthur Adventures
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    9. Santa's Twin
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    13. Christmas Every Day: A Story Told
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    14. Seven Stories of Christmas Love/Audio
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    17. Preparing for Christmas
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    18. Miracle on 34th Street
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    20. A Cup of Christmas Tea

    1. Charles Karalt's Christmas
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    Asin: 0671574345
    Catlog: Book (1996-11-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
    Sales Rank: 420939
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Throughout his almost four decades of life on the road, Charles Kuralt has introduced us to people and places that have warmed our hearts.Now in Charles Kuralt's Christmas, he retraces his most memorable Christmas sojourns to remind us of the many marvelous ways that we celebrate this special holiday.

    Combining ageless pieces from his years at CBS News with never-before-recorded material, Kuralt takes us on an unforgettable journey.From the simple joys of sleigh riding and a colonial Williamsburg Christmas to thre modern-day wisemen and his historic Christmas in Vietnam, he demonstrates that the miraculous effects of the Christmas season survive even under the mot trying circumstances.

    A listening treasure from one of our most beloved chroniclers, Charles Kuralt's Christmas will revive the holiday spirit in all of us. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Hearing CK's voice is a great Christmas gift
    In this audiotape of Charles Kuralt's observations of Christmas in different times and in different places, the listener is treated, once again, to that unique vision and voice which is his alone. This is no prettied-up TV commercial take on the season. Instead, the images these words create last far longer and are far more compelling than what the admen sell. This collection of Christmas observations is about giving: how and what people give; the sacrificial element of certain gifts; the humbling act of receiving such gifts; and the fundamental and instinctive need to give. The humility of the 5 year old Charles assuming the bike must have been left for someone else, rings so true and is such a welcome antithesis to current cries of "is this ALL?" If seasonal excesses overwhelm, take half of an hour and listen to this tape. ... Read more


    2. The Wounded Buzzard on Christmas Eve (Hank the Cowdog, 13)
    by John R. Erickson
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    Asin: 159188313X
    Catlog: Book (1989-06-01)
    Publisher: Maverick Books (TX)
    Sales Rank: 48991
    Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars My Hank Review
    This is one of my favriote books it is funny and exciting. It takes the perspective of a cowdog on a ranch in east texas. That thinks he is head of ranch security and goes through a lot of hillarius storys.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Kayla Pryor's review on The Wounded Buzzard on Christmas Eve
    In this book a buzzard gets hurt, and he gets taken care of.Well,one day Slim,Little Alfred, Drover(the dog),and Hank(the dog)was driving to town to get Christmas presents,and a buzzard named Wallace flew into the wind shield.He got hurt pretty bad,and Little Alfred begged Slim to take him home and take care of him.Slim took him home after he went shopping,and cured him.Then Wallace flew away with his son happily ever after.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best book ever!
    Its about a dog who gets into a lot of adventures and mysteries and always solves them. It is a good book and is really funny.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great western humor for all ages
    This is a book that will truly make you cry with laughter. Who ever knew that buzzards could be portrayed so humorously. Besides, you not only get the misadventures of Jr. but also his father.Throw a bachelor cowboy and two children in the mix and look out. Erikson is a master of midwestern cowboy culture and style. I live just next to Texas and people really do act and talk that way down there. This is not a farce but real. The people are also warm, kind hearted, and well intentioned as well as being, occassionally, misguided as we all are. Give this book a try. You will be glad you did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming; one of the best of the Hank tapes.
    Slim, Little Alfred, Hank and Drover are headed to town for Slim's last-minute Christmas shopping, and who but Wallace the Buzzard flies into the truck windshield. Wounded and out of his mind, Wallace won't make it through the night without a little help from his friends. Fortunately, Slim is a soft touch, so he agrees to nurse Wallace back to health. After putting Wallace in an empty feed bag, they all continue on their way to the mighty metropolis of Twitchell, Texas. While Slim does his Christmas shopping for Sally May and Miss Viola, Little Alfred discovers why you should never, ever let the bird out of the bag! This tape includes two of my all-time favorite songs: "My Daddy Had a Wreck Today" and "A Pox, A Pox on Emily Post!". This is a heart-warming tale, performed to perfection by the author, that you won't want to miss ... Read more


    3. A Christmas Carol
    by Charles Dickens
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    Asin: 0898457556
    Catlog: Book (1994-09-01)
    Publisher: HarperAudio
    Sales Rank: 792607
    Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    A holiday classic as you've never heard it before.

    Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and Ebenezer Scrooge come to marvelous life in Patrick Stewart's critically-acclaimed solo interpretation of A Christmas Carol. The star of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stewart has performed his one-man stage production of A Christmas Carol to sell-out audiences. Now, in this studio recording of the dazzling achievement that has thrilled audiences in New York and Los Angeles, Stewart invites listeners to rediscover the timeless story at its source: Dickens' own, classic words, presented in a soaring, virtuoso solo performance in which Stewart plays all parts. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Christmas Tradition
    Master storyteller and social critic, Charles Dickens, turns this social treatise on shortcomings of Victorian society into an entertaining and heartwarming Christmas ghost story which has charmed generations and become an icon of Christmas traditions. Who, in the Western world has not heard, "Bah, Humbug!" And who can forget the now almost hackneyed line of Tiny Tim, "God bless us, every one!" or his cheerfully poignant observation, that he did not mind the stares of strangers in church, for he might thus serve as a reminder of He who made the lame, walk and the blind, see. Several movie versions: musical, animated, updated, or standard; as well as stage productions (I recall the Cleveland Playhouse and McCarter Theatre`s with fondess.) have brought the wonderful characterizations to the screen, as well as to life. This story of the redemption of the bitter and spiritually poor miser, and the book itself; however, is a timeless treasure whose richness, like Mrs Cratchit`s Christmas pudding, is one that no production can hope to fully capture.

    4-0 out of 5 stars What the Christmas spirit is all about.
    Just as Clement Moore gave us the definitive Santa Claus in "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (a.k.a. "The Night Before Christmas"), Charles Dickens gave us the definitive Christmas spirit in his simple but charming novella "A Christmas Carol". First published in 1843, this supernatural story of an elderly man's redemption from his mean-spirited, miserly ways takes place in Victorian London, but its universal theme of charity towards our fellow man has endeared this classic to many a generation around the globe. In addition to its priceless role as a morality tale, the book colorfully describes the Yuletide customs practiced in England during the early nineteenth century. This Washington Square Press edition of "A Christmas Carol" is unabridged, yet you can understand why so short a book is yet published in abridged versions, especially for schoolchildren. Not infrequently, Dickens veers from the main story line and goes into tangents of a philosophical or descriptive nature, much like the converser who abruptly changes the subject only to return to it with the familiar "Anyway, ... ". I assume children (and some adults) may find these tangents cumbersome and distracting, but they are still useful in that they reflect Dickens' thoughts while writing the book. It may still be difficult for some of us to think that cold-hearted Christmas-bashers like Ebenezer Scrooge exist, but look at human nature around you, and it will be difficult no more. At a time when "Merry Christmas" is being supplanted by a more vague "Happy Holidays", and the season gives way to coarse behavior and unchecked materialism, "A Christmas Carol" is the perfect guidebook to put things into perspective.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - A Must Read!
    Charles Dickens's classic novel, A Christmas Carol, is his most famous and beloved story. Millions around the globe have read this touching book, about brotherly love and charity, since it was first published. Countless people have seen Ebenezer Scrooge, the selfish and unkind man, transform in to a kind and generous person by the visits of four mysterious ghosts.

    The story begins in the afternoon of a frigid Christmas Eve, as a mean-spirited man named Ebenezer Scrooge sits in his office. Scrooge is a cold-hearted and selfish miser, who isn't in the spirit of Christmas. Every so often, he shouts, "Bah!" or "Humbug!" He doesn't even buy coal for the fireplace, so he and his clerk freeze away. No one likes him, and no one stands up to him. Dickens describes him thus: "No beggars implored him to bestow a trifle, no children asked him what it was o'clock, no man or woman ever once in his life inquired the way to such and such a place, of Scrooge." However, this is exactly what Scrooge wants - to be in his own world.

    Dickens starts out the story by stating that Scrooge's former partner, Jacob Marley, is dead. Then, he reverts back to what Scrooge is up to. As it is Christmas Eve, Scrooge isn't happy. He scares all the carolers away, and refuses to donate money to the poor. When the day is finally over, he goes back to his house, and tries to go to sleep. As he locks the door, he sees an apparition. There is Jacob Marley's ghost - looking right at him! Scrooge is shocked at first, and still is shocked when Marley's phantom tells him some surprising news. The ghost explains that there will be three other ghosts yet to come: the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Future. Then, he leaves.

    As promised, the ghosts of the past, present, and the future visit Scrooge. The ghost of the past shows Scrooge how he used to be. Scrooge discovers that his life was somewhat pleasant, but still lonely. The ghost of the present reveals to Scrooge his more recent attitude toward Christmas. It shows Scrooge the consequences of his actions, most of which are to Scrooge's dislike. The ghost also informs Scrooge how other people are celebrating. Dancing, playing blind man's buff, and caroling aren't part of Scrooge's world for certain. The ghost of the future shows the time when Scrooge is dead and no one cares for him; actually everyone is happy that he is gone. Meanwhile, all of these visions have Scrooge sobbing in tears and he is finally ready to make changes in his life. After the final ghost leaves, Scrooge runs about his little town donating money, greeting people, and visiting his nephew and clerk's family. It turns out to be a very happy Christmas after all.

    I liked A Christmas Carol very much. Charles Dickens's style is very descriptive. I especially liked the vivid verbs and adjectives Dickens used when he described Scrooge as a "squeezing, wrenching, gasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!" As for Scrooge, I liked him a lot. The book was funny when he said something completely nonsensical like "Bah!" or "Humbug!" On a scale of one through ten, I would give A Christmas Carol a ten. It was enjoyable and interesting to read, especially over winter break, as it heartens the spirit of Christmas itself.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol
    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a really good book I thought. Your learn not to be greedy, selfish, and how to spread tons of love around Christmas. It teaches you not to take grantite of what you have. You should be thankful for what you got. The three ghosts of past, present, and the futer of Christmas. Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by all the ghost plus his old friend Jacob Marley. This book is heart warmer to all or at least it should be. I hope everyone takes the time to read this heart warming book and enjoy it time after time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not for kiddies
    This is Dickens at his best. But your add said this was for ages 4-8. As this does not appear to be an abridged addition, 4-8 years old is way too young. I will be reading it to my 8 year old, explaining the olde English phrases as we go. Best to say this is the original text and leave it at that. ... Read more


    4. The Christmas Cross
    by Max Lucado
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    Asin: 0849962870
    Catlog: Book (1998-10-08)
    Publisher: W Publishing Group
    Sales Rank: 777336
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The Christmas Cross is a story about finding your way home for the holidays, told in the context of one man's journey in a small Texas town. Unique interactive elements inside this book—including envelopes with pullout letters and surprises—makes this a one-of-a-kind Christmas treasure.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Christmas Cross
    This is a wonderful and very moving book that would be a wonderful gift for anyone in your family or friends. I bought one for each of my children and their families to have for Christmas and for anytime they need to be thankful for their family.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Heart Warming!!
    This book is so great and sad. I'm not very emotional and I almost cried. It shows how any sin no matter how great it is can be forgiven by God because He loves us so much. I also recommend other Max Lucado books like Cosmic Christmas.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a book that will live on in peoples hearts forever
    I got this book for Christmas last year from my Aunt and I read it that night... it was such and wonderful story it made me cry. This book really makes you think about how important it is to have family and friends around for Christmas and all through the year. The way the book is desinged and the little truesures that it holds makes you want to dive right in the story and it leaves you with a deep feeling of saddness and happiness. And when i have children i am planning on giving this book to them and to have it out every Christmas so that others can read is heart-warming story. Merry Christmas!

    5-0 out of 5 stars My new Christmas Eve tradition--reading this book.
    I started this book in the evening of Christmas Eve and finished it the minute I woke on the next morning. Never did I think a book could change my whole attitude. And on top of it all, my husband was listening to a Christian radio station and Max Lucado was reading this book on Christmas morning. My family huddled around the book and "read" along with the author. Now every year, I will be reading this book on Christmas Eve--hopefully out loud to anyone that will listen.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent interactive book for adults and older children.
    What a fun book! Peeking in the envelopes to see the hidden surprises took me back to my days of "pop-up" books. The moving story had a wonderful surprise ending. This book would make an excellent Christmas gift for almost any age. ... Read more


    5. An Ulster Christmas
    by Maggi Peirce
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    Asin: 0938756176
    Catlog: Book (1986-06)
    Publisher: Yellow Moon Press
    Sales Rank: 535751
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    A warm, personal collection of holiday stories that give a look at Christmas in a simpler time.Recorded live in concert, Maggi shares Christmas memories from her childhood in Northern Ireland and some of her favorite tales for Christmas, all with her usual touch of Irish humor and insight.From the story "Uncle Nelson, Belfast" to the moving story "Lest We Forget," she captures the special sense of belonging that was such an intimate part of the Christmas she remembers. ... Read more


    6. The Christmas Tree
    by JULIE SALAMON
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    Asin: 0679452680
    Catlog: Book (1996-10-08)
    Publisher: Random House Audio
    Sales Rank: 151476
    Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
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    1 cassette / 90 minutes
    Read by David Birney

    Winner of the Audie Award for Best Inspirational/Spiritual AudioBook for 1996

    "The Christmas Tree is genuinely moving; and David Birney's sensitive and sympathetic reading does much to enhance the appeal of the winning contemporary fable."
    --Los Angeles Daily News


    Destined to become a Christmas classic, it is the magical tale of a little girl named Anna from New York City, who is orphaned and sent to live in a convent.Lonely and unaccustomed to her new surroundings, Anna befriends a tiny fir tree."Tree" becomes Anna's best and most special friend.They grow up together, unlocking the secrets of friendship as well as sharing the wonders of nature.Indeed it is this profound appreciation and love of nature that Anna later, as Sister Anthony, passes on her adoring students.When Tree is threatened by a cruel winter storm, Sister Anthony, now an old woman, decides finally to give up her dearest friend -- allowing him to become what is perhaps the most enjoyed and famous Christmas tree of all.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Easy Christmas Read
    The Christmas Tree was a really sweet and easy christmas read. It was a nice story about "tree" and how it eventually made it's way to Rockefeller Center. It's a really short book and I read it in one evening. Don't pass this one up... it'll get you in the spirit of finding your christmas tree.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just the Thing
    I am buying several of these books as Christmas presents this year. In the wake of September 11, I think a wonderful, magical story about New York City is just what we need. To believe again in beauty, magic and the gift of connection and love. It is a story about connections, relationships -- between New York City folks and their tree, Sister Anthony and the gardener, her tree, and her past. It is a wonderful (sometimes teary) story that makes us appreciate the magic that still exists in the world and is personified at its best through the wonderful Rockefeller Center Christmas tree!

    5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite holiday book
    This is perhaps my favorite of all our holiday books, and we have many! I just stumbled across it again today while organizing our decorations, and even in the hot Georgia June weather I couldn't resist sitting down and reading the entire thing again. This is a beautiful story, and the ending is marvelous. Everyone should own a copy and read it over and over!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very good book
    I read this book when i was in 3rd grade i believe. it is a great holiday book for people of all ages

    5-0 out of 5 stars A true "Feel Good" Story
    This is a book that young and old alike can really get into. It's very easy to read. It's the type of book you can sit down with in a big comfy chair, grab a cup of hot chocolate and escape all of the commercialism of the holidays and just feel warm and wonderful inside. Even those that don't read often due to lack of time...you can get through this one in about an hour or so. DO take the time to read this one. You'll be glad you did! ... Read more


    7. This Year It Will Be Different
    by MAEVE BINCHY
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    Asin: 0553477625
    Catlog: Book (1996-11-01)
    Publisher: Random House Audio
    Sales Rank: 230784
    Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    From the New York Times bestselling author of Circle of Friends and The Glass Lake comes a stunning new collection of fifteen Christmas stories with all the magic and spirit of Christmas, and filled with Maeve Binchy's trademark wit, charm, and sheer storytelling genius.In all fifteen stories, instead of nostalgia, Binchy evokes contemporary life; instead of Christmas homilies, she offers truth; and instead of sugarplums, she brings us the nourishment of holidays that precipitate change, growth, and new beginnings.

    The stories in this completely unabridged production powerfully portray many lives--step-families grappling with exes, long-married couples faced with in-law problems, a wandering husband choosing between "the other women" and his wife, a child caught in grown-up tugs-of-war--during the one holiday when feelings cannot be easily hidden. The time of year may be magical, but the situations she describes are universal. And Maeve Binchy's writing. combined with Fionnula Flanagan's storytelling ability, makes us care about each one in this extraordinary collection--on the night before Christmas, or anywhere, any time of the year.

    Fionnula Flanagan received an Emmy for her leading role in Rich Man, Poor Man, and a second nomination for her role in How the West Was Won.She also appears on the BDD Audio productions of Maeve Binchy's The Glass Lake, Circle of Friends, and The Copper Beech. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I laughed, I cried and most of all, I felt!
    Maeve Binchy has povided a series of short stories about the holiday season and how it affects people. Many are bitter sweet, some are just plain sad, while others provide hope and insight. While some people may say that the character development is not what you would normally expect from a Binchy story, the fact that these are short stories make the task all the more impressive. Each story hits a nerve. My particular sensitive spot was relfected in the story of the "difficult" step daughter who eats all of the hors d'oerves to the horror of the step mom only to think that they were going to decorate her bedroom for her. An instant bond is built between the two women, one young and one old. Age differences, women in love with married men, widows dealing with the holidays and people with dreams. This is an excellent book for the holiday season. It is easy to read and would make an excellent gift.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The end of the year is always a hectic season
    The atmosphere around the end of the year is always peculiar, it is specially "crazy", there's a lot of fuss, people are running here and there with their Christmas shopping, we experiment a plethora of mixed feelings and emotions such as melancholy and excitment, and it's mainly the time to think about and evaluate the finishing year. Binchy is a master at capturing these kinds of mood and expressing them in this outstanding collection of 15 short stories. There are some interesting ones about single women who date married men and their turning points that will arrive with the season. Again, the author offers us dialogues that make the characters real and believable - Binchy proves she is perfect at writing both short compact stories and long, full of details, engrossing novels. Pay special attention to "The Ten Snaps of Christmas", about a teenage girl who gets a Polaroid camera and decides to take some "secret pictures" as her Xmas day goes by. It shows readers how families can be hypocritical. What kinds of snapshots would we come across if we had the chance of taking them? And also enjoy the tale of a hard-working carer in an Australian home struggling with a group of four very difficult old people entitled "The Hard Core".
    After a year or so you will probably have forgotten many details, and it will be a pleasure to read these stories again and have some new insights.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Read it over each holiday season....
    I bought this book the year it came out, and was slightly disappointed in the dismal tone some of the stories begin with. But Binchy is at her finest with characters that are full of flaws and concerns just like all of us. I have read it again and each year the characters become closer to me and I appreciate her writing more fully. Not heartwarming holiday faire, but insightful. Quietly thought provoking. Details make it rich. Thanks Maeve.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This Year it will be Different
    I recommend that you sit down by the fireplace or Christmas tree and read this book during the Holidays. It will make you feel great inside. The stories are short and heart-warming to the soul.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Tales of less-than-perfect Christmases
    In her novels, Binchy frequently addresses some of the more tragic aspects of life with humor and grace, and she does the same in this collection of stories. Each tale takes place at Christmastime, but there is little sentitmentality here. Instead, Binchy offers us a peek into the more trying aspects of the holidays: the teenager who captures all of her family's flaws on film, the young woman who realizes that her affair with a married man isn't quite as wonderful as she had been telling herself, the happily married woman who struggles with her rebellious stepdaughter, the wife and mother who is tired of having the entire responsibility for the holidays fall on her shoulders, the group of crotched-y nursing residents who have no families to go to on Christmas day, etc. Although these are not exactly "feel-good" stories, many incorporate an aspect of triumph. This book is likely to be appreciated by anyone who has ever strived for the "perfect" Christmas and has fallen short. ... Read more


    8. Arthur's Christmas (Arthur Adventures (Audio))
    by Marc Brown
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    Asin: 0316119644
    Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
    Publisher: Little, Brown
    Sales Rank: 296702
    Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars I didn't like the ending at all.
    This was the first Arthur Book I bought for my four year old daughter...who very strongly believes in Santa . As I was nearing the end of this book while reading it to her, I realized where we were going with the ending. I understand if your target age is ten years old or so and they are doubtful, but I had to explain to my daughter after we finished the book why Santa didn't eat the stuff that Arthur had worked so hard on, and why the sister got rid of it all. I bought this book at a school book fair, and I was really looking forward to introducing her to Arthur Books. Now, I can't say that I'll ever buy another one.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book - Arthur does it again
    Arthur worked hard and did a good jo

    5-0 out of 5 stars We love Arthur's dog Killer! What a great pet!
    Not only a great children's book, but a great book for the parent. Loads of subtle humor if you look close enough (flavors of ice cream at the ice cream shop). A great book for all!

    5-0 out of 5 stars D.W. takes the food that Arthur made and through it out.
    I think it's the best book in the world ... Read more


    9. Santa's Twin
    by Dean R. Koontz, Jay O. Sanders
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    Asin: 0694517712
    Catlog: Book (1996-11-01)
    Publisher: HarperAudio
    Sales Rank: 538480
    Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
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    "Someone has stolen Santa's bank card!"

    Combining the tongue-in-cheek charm of a modern classic with the timeless magic of cherished holiday tradition, here is a new Christmas story guaranteed to delight children of all ages--including those who pretend to have grown up.

    Santa's Twin is the hilarious and heartwarming story of two little girls, Charlotte and Emily, who set out to save Santa from his mischievous twin--Bob Claus.

    How the brave but foolhardy sisters fly to the North Pole and rescue Santa from his "deeply troubled" twin is an utterly charming and unforgettable story that will add sparkle to your holiday season. The first major new Christmas story in decades, Santa's Twin breathes new life and warmth into the world's most beloved legend.

    Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. While still in college, he won a prize in a fiction competition sponsored by The Atlantic Monthly. His novels have sold more than 170 million copies in thirty-eight languages. He lives with his family in southern California.

    Jay O. Sanders' diverse credits include JFK, Meeting Venus, and Angels in the Outfield on film, Hostages and The Outer Limits on cable TV, Roseanne and Northern Exposure on network TV, and St. Joan on Broadway.


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Koontz never ceases to impress me
    I'm 36 and bought the book for myself! It will be an annual Christmas Eve tradition. I read it to my two nieces - 8 & 11 - and they enjoyed almost as much as i did. I especially loved the line - "they could do it. They were sisters" since I love to stress the importance of this relationship to these sisters. The humor he uses throughout makes it a joy to read again and again. the illustrations are gorgeous - and we had fun searching for the artist's signature within the artwork.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Koontz for Kids, and Adults Will Love it Too!
    Santa has been tied up, stuffed into a sack and thrown into the basement of his house in Santa's Village, North Pole. His evil jealous twin brother has control of his sleigh and reindeer, is vandalising houses and switching toys for toad snot and other disgusting things, so that kids will hate his brother and live in fear each Christmas for centuries to come. It is up to two good girls named Charlotte and Emily to stop the evil one, rescue Santa and save Christmas

    This sensational rhyming, illustrated Christmas tale also has the added bonus of hidden snowmen on each page, Where's Wally? (Waldo, America) style. Obviously kids will enjoy this sensational thriller but so will adults. Also read Garry Larson's There's a Hair in My Dirt which is another children's classic written by an author who normally writes for adults.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A witty new twist on Christmas
    I love this book! I first saw it several years ago when my neighbor (the artist, Phil Parks) was illustrating it, and I fell in love with it. I think the humor is intelligent and top-notch, and I love the illustrations. It is a refreshing change from traditional Christmas stories, and it makes me laugh out loud. I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Return to my youth
    When I was a little boy I loved nothing more than curling up in my bed at night when the latest omnibus of children's horror stories. Dean Koontz has taken his well honed craft and added his touch to this genre, with remarkable results. How I wish this book would have been around when I was a child, I probably would have read it about 10 times by now. I read it myself first to ensure it was suitable for my children and found that I couldn't put it down. When I eventually got round to reading it to the kids it became a war of wills, with them trying to stay awake as long as possible each night trying to intake as much of the story as possible before tiredness took them and they finally crossed over into dreamworld. The fact that as soon as I had finished reading this book, the children asked for me to read it to them again is testament to just how fantastic this book is. For some great family entertainment on a cold winters night then it doesn't come much better than this. I should also state that the illustrations are also remarkable and enhance the enjoyment of the experience. A must for every child's bookshelf.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Funny Christmas Tradition!
    This is an awesome Christmas book for late at night during the holiday season. I read this to my 5 year old sister and she loved it! Not only is it a great story but there is the added fun of trying to find the "hidden snowmen" on every page. Not many people know this but this is a sort of "continiunce" of Dean's earlier adult horror book "Mr. Murder". Santa's Twin features the family from that book. The storyline of Twin came from a story that was told to the kids in Mr. Murder. Overall, great Christmas book! ... Read more


    10. A Return to Christmas
    by Chic Thompson
    list price: $17.95
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    Asin: 0694519030
    Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
    Publisher: HarperAudio
    Sales Rank: 1022109
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Until he was three years old, Artemus Holidayand his twin brother, Andrew, had shared the adventures of life together. But when young Artemus lost his brother in a terrible tragedy on Christmas day, the miracle of the Christmas season seemed forever shrouded by a cloud of sadness and despair.

    This season, something extraordinary is about to reveal itself. . . .

    This heartwarming Christmas story follows the lives of two eleven-year-old heroes--the weary and cynical Artemus and an outcast named Chess, a homeless con-artist with a heart of gold. Through a simple twist of fate, these boys will find themselves swept into the adventure of a lifetime--one that takes them beyond their wildest imaginings.

    A Return to Christmas wraps holiday sadness, joy, and wonder into one very special package. Once you open it, you will never see Christmas the same way again.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Return to Christmas
    This season something extraordinary is about to reveal itself. A Return to Christmas is an impenetrably, exciting book by Chris Heimerdinger. When you start reading this book you will not be able to stop. Will the Holiday's rediscover something they been without for eight years? We follow the lives of two boys named Chess and Artemus whose paths cross in unusual and unexpected ways. Is it possible that Chess could be Artie's brother? I assure you that this book will leave you at the edge of your seat. We loved it! It was the best book that we have ever read!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
    Chris Heimerdinger is one of the best writers in weaving a tales so real you can taste. Not only are his stories highly entertaining, they have good messages to send us. In A Return to Christmas, Chris writes a compelling tale of a modern day prince and pauper. It tells of the struggles of one family, having lost their love of Christmas and thrown into a pit of grief they cannot climb out of, until a light of hope shines. This book has value on all levels. To those who have not read this, get it now and read it. You'll be glad you did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great
    My wife recommended me this book. I read the german translation in one day. It's a short but also a great story. I think the most important thing I must say about it: I felt happy when I finished. If you have a sense of family, buy this book. You won't regret!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars AWSOME
    A Return to Christmas By Chris Heimerdinger

    Can you imagine living without the spirit of Christmas? Well, that's just how the Holiday Family lived for eight years, isolated from Christmas until one winter season a miracle happened! When the twin brothers Andrew and Artemous Holiday turned three on Christmas day their lives were forever changed. They both received a toy, a simple airplane toy. When Andrew tried to fly his off a snow bank in near the river he slipped and fell in. The police found his jacket and his mittens lying on the snow. He died on his third birthday and on Christmas day. Every year on December 25th the Holiday Family puts white gardenias on his grave, because he loved them so much. For eight years the Holiday family never celebrated Christmas again, all because one tragedy that happened on that day. Chess Folsom and his Uncle Boone are scam artists and have a police record. They'll lie, steal, cheat and do whatever it takes to get their way. One day Chess went into a Nordstrom Rack expecting to steal something but instead he got a lot more than he bargained for.

    (8 years later) The Holiday Family decided to take Artemous shopping for his birthday they took him into a store he'd never been into before, Nordstrom Rack, he immediately found some pants he liked so he went into a dressing room to try them on. He slipped of his jeans, and put a pair of khakis on. He left the stall to show his mom the khakis. He saw a boy on the other side of the room who looked similar to him but he ignored it.

    Chess looked around for something to steal and he say a boy across the store who looked like him he decided to check it out. He found something to steal, a pair of pants! He saw Artemous step out of the stall. He stepped in and put on the new jeans. Just as he put them on Artemous spotted him!

    The chase was on! Artemous ran as fast as he could, trying to catch the boy that stole his pants. They ran out of the store into the parking lot, Artemous was wearing the khakis that still had the tags attached. He had almost caught him. Just a little bit further, he sped up. A blinding light caught their eyes. A truck came cruising toward them. Then WHAMMN! The truck hit both of them. Artemous rolled down a hill and landed in a bush. Chess didn't move at all, he just lay there unconscious.

    Chess woke up. He heard a siren, he knew he was in an ambulance, but with who? Then he heard a woman say "hello Artie" and a man say, "how ya' doin' champ" he knew they weren't talking to him. Or were they? So he went back to sleep.

    Artemous woke up he was in a truck. A truck? His family owned a van. A strange man was driving. He smiled and said, "Chess is that you" Chess? His name was Artemous Holiday. He saw the nearest sign it said Las Vegas 3 miles

    You'll have to read the rest of the book to see what happens to chess and artemous!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Return To Christmas is the best book
    This book is so awsome. It is about a family who cannot celebrate christmas becayse of the loss of their 3 year old son Andrew. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK! ... Read more


    11. The Most Beautiful Gift
    by Jonathan Snow
    list price: $12.00
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    Asin: 1570424438
    Catlog: Book (1996-11-01)
    Publisher: Time Warner Audiobooks
    Sales Rank: 327068
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Frank Capra meets the Little Prince
    These days, we can use a shamelessly heartwarming fable and that is exactly what "The Most Beautiful Gift" was to me. The book owes some of its atmosphere to Frank Capra's "feel good" movies but it is as modern as Stephen King's books. A lovely gift for children aged 6 to 90. In Italy we got three more books by this guy and I hope they get published in the States too. The latest one is called "The Little Princess" and moved me to happy tears. I rate "Gift" 4 stars only because "Princess" deserves a somewhat higher mark.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A real treat ; at last, a well told tale.
    I expected your usual sappy fable for dumb kids. Heck, was I surprised. This novel is witty, amusing, and a pleasure to read for children of ALL AGES (I'm 45). Well, even a sequel would be a nifty idea: I liked each and every character, and wanna know more about them! This guy Snow (a pseudonym, I gather from his posting) is real talented. Top-notch job, fella ... Read more


    12. The Book of Great Christmas Songs
    list price: $14.95
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    Asin: 0769200869
    Catlog: Book (1999-07-01)
    Publisher: Warner Brothers Publications
    Sales Rank: 921576
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    Book Description

    Thirty-nine great Christmas tunes including: Angels from the Realms of Glory * Christmas Eve in My Home Town * The Finest Gift * God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen * The Holly and the Ivy * It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year * Joy to the World * Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town * Silent Night * We Wish You a Merry Christmas. ... Read more


    13. Christmas Every Day: A Story Told a Child
    by William Dean Howells
    list price: $13.95
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    Asin: 0671854011
    Catlog: Book (1996-11)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books
    Sales Rank: 864086
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    "'Here is a charming Christmas tale. Read this to your little one.' I took the book from her outstretched arm and examined the title, Christmas Every Day by William Dean Howells."

    So wrote Richard Paul Evans in his bestselling The Christmas Box, which captivated millions of readers across America, awakening hearts to the often forgotten true meaning of Christmas.

    Now, at last, here is the delightful story that is central to The Christmas Box: Christmas Every Day by William Dean Howells. In this engaging tale, written in 1892, a little girl begs her father for a new Christmas story, and he lovingly obliges. These precious moments, shared by parents and children throughout the years, are here for all of us to treasure in Christmas Every Day.

    Lavishly illustrated, this deluxe edition of Christmas Every Day enhances the timeless appeal of Howells's classic for a new generation of parents and children. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Not Christmas without this story
    When she was in the third grade my older sister bought a little book of christmas stories with the nickles she had saved by not having milk at break time. "Christmas Every Day" is our favorite story from this carefully preserved little book. Our mother still reads "Christmas Every Day" every year for her grandchildren. Though we are all grown we still enjoy the story too. Even my oldest sister's hyper-active 7 year old sit's quietly for his grandma's reading of "Christmas Every Day."

    It was a great relief for me to find that Amazon.com had "Christmas Every Day" because the little book my sister brought home in the early 1960's is quickly becoming too fragile to handle. Thanks Amazon.com, someday I hope to read "Christmas Every Day" to my grandchildren. ... Read more


    14. Seven Stories of Christmas Love/Audio Cassettes
    by Leo Buscaglia, Tom Newsom
    list price: $14.95
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    Asin: 1555253237
    Catlog: Book (1989-10-01)
    Publisher: Nightingale-Conant Corporation
    Sales Rank: 312785
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Dr. Buscaglia shares seven holiday episodes from his life and reminds us that Christmas can last more than one day. Peace, joy, and goodwill are not seasonal; they are life-sustaining, life-enhancing, hopeful words that should be spoken, sung, and practiced year-round.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An annual tradition
    Christmas just isn't Christmas without any Leo. In book form or his excellent video of the same name, Seven Stories of Christmas Love is Leo doing what he did best: sharing stories of holiday's past and using them to illustrate why love and memories matter throughout the year. We watch the video every Christmas and I've yet to escape dry-eyed through the section where he expresses how important it is to remember the wonder and awe of childhood because our memories and the love we give to others are all that make us immortal.

    If you need inspiration in an increasingly confusing world, or just want to laugh, hope and consider the true meanings of Christmas, this book (and the great video) are must-haves.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Favorite Family Tradition
    Reading from this book is one of my family's all time favorite Christmas traditions. The stories are short enough that we can read one together as a family each night before bedtime. I have loaned this book to several friends and they have all loved it.

    My children all know what it means if we tell them that they are going to get a peach branch in their Christmas stocking.

    I love the messages of these stories. They always get me in the Christmas spirit!

    5-0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC TIMELESS TREASURE for the HOLIDAY SEASON
    During the last few years our family has been grieving a tremendous loss. This year we are determined to get on with life and to make new traditions and memories. In anticipation of the up and coming holiday I pulled this title off my book shelf and reread it.

    It is just a wonderful book of short stories sure to inspire love, hope, family, trust and faith. Each story begins with a beautiful color drawing which has a classic charm and feel. Clearly hits a personal note for Catholics and Italians and most stories will ring a personal chord of truth and others may bring a laugh or two.

    As a reader it made me feel for the past and wonder about how our society continues to evolve in a cooler less personal social strata. It is hard not to think of simplier times that are grounded in basic life lessons of love and family. This is a book to read at the beginning of the holiday season and probably at intervals throughout.

    There is hope, love and warmth in all of the "Seven Stories of Christmas Love."

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Keepsake Book
    This is such a beautiful little book! The illustrations, by Tom Newsom, have a Norman Rockwell quality, and the borders around the pages match the first page illustration, which is different for each story.

    The stories, by Leo Buscaglia, who a lot of people know from PBS in the 80s, take Christmas out of the Norman Rockwell cliche and brings it into the world! One touching story is about the reaction people in Bali had to Mary and Joseph being turned away at the inn. Another, "Two Festivals of Light," blends the Jewish and Christian "festivals of light" through at-first distrusting neighbors.

    You should be happy to pull this book out of your Christmas treasure box year after year! ... Read more


    15. Very Veggie Christmas with Book
    by Veggie Tales
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    Asin: 7019927505
    Catlog: Book (1996-10)
    Publisher: Big Idea
    Sales Rank: 109937
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A fun way to teach your child about Christmas.
    Veggie Tales are just great. I laughed til I cried reading this book and listening to the tape. WONDERFUL Christmas songs with a Veggie Tales twist. The book has your child reading right along with the cassette. Highly recommended. My 2 year old loves this year round. ... Read more


    16. Arthur's Christmas Cookies Book and Tape (I Can Read Book 2)
    list price: $8.99
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    Asin: 1559942177
    Catlog: Book (1990-03-28)
    Publisher: HarperFestival
    Sales Rank: 295619
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    Christmastime!

    Arthur decides to make Mother and Father special Christmas cookies as a present. But when the cookies are finally finished, they are hard as rocks! Can Arthur think of a way to turn this disaster into the best Christmas present ever? ... Read more


    17. Preparing for Christmas
    by St Anthony Messenger Press
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    Asin: 0005407869
    Catlog: Book (1992-08)
    Publisher: Saint Anthony Messenger Press and Franciscan
    Sales Rank: 1023147
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    18. Miracle on 34th Street
    by Todd Strasser
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    Asin: 0787103489
    Catlog: Book (1994-12-01)
    Publisher: Audio Literature
    Sales Rank: 1012538
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars I think it was a very good book to read for plesure.
    I THINK THAT IT WAS A VERY NICELY WRITTEN BOOK. If I wanted i could of just went and rented the movie if I wanted to. Even though I have read and watched Micale on 34th Street I still think it is a good book to read and many children from thages 9-12 should read this book. When they do read this book they should come back and leave a review on this book like I have done to express my feelings toward the book. ... Read more


    19. The Special Guest: A Christmas Story
    by Lee Allen, Donna Allen, George S. Irving
    list price: $9.99
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    Asin: 0886464242
    Catlog: Book (1996-10-01)
    Publisher: DH Audio
    Sales Rank: 538597
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book for Everyone
    I teach a class of 5th and 6th graders. This book was brought to my attention by one of my students. I used it as a read aloud to the class. It was a great Christmas story to send them off to their winter vacation. While there were several Christian references and examples, they were not overbearing to distract from the story's use in a public school. The story was predictible, but it has several lessons including forgiveness, giving to others, kindness, etc. It makes for a good famiy/school tradition.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Special Holiday Story!
    A wonderful short story with a very special message. Even though some of the story line is predictable it still has some twists and turns. This is a good book to share with all family members young and old! ... Read more


    20. A Cup of Christmas Tea
    by Hegg
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    Asin: 0931674107
    Catlog: Book (1992-04-01)
    Publisher: Waldman House Press
    Sales Rank: 309650
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars True meaning of Christmas conveyed with elegant simplicity!
    I've just received a copy of "A Christmas Cup of Tea" (on a chilly April day!) and have read it over six times. With each reading, this beautifully understated story of rediscovered joy in reaching out and connecting with others seems to reveal a little more insight. This is truly the "Heart Sutra" of Christmas theme books! An absolute must as a gift for anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed by the hubbub of the holiday rush!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated by Warren Hanson
    Elegantly composed by Tom Hegg and beautifully illustrated by Warren Hanson, A Cup Of Christmas Tea is the heartwarming story of how a man's reluctant visit with his elderly aunt in quiet comfort of her home creates within him an unexpected joy and a renewal of the holiday spirit. The author was requested in 1981 by his pastor at the Westminister presbyterian Church in Minneapolis to write something for the church's 125th anniversy. Tom Hegg composed this wonderful story in just three days by drawing from the memories of Christmases he had spent with his grandparents and a great aunt. Written in verse, Hegg's story is timeless and timely -- and not to be restricted to the month of December, but enjoyed all year round as a personal and family favorite!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Cup of Christmas Tea
    I fully enjoyed this book. It is a family christmas story that is read to the children every year. My mother has the tea cup that is illistrated in the book. The whole family is on a mision to find her the Tea Pot. Please contact me if anyone knows where I can find this item.We would like to make this small collection complete. Thank you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Holiday Treasure
    I bought my copy of Tom Hegg's poem in 1992 after reading Tom's story in Guidepost Magazine (Dec. 92 Issue). The bookstore had to order it for me. I was just delighted with the simple beauty of a lovely great-aunt and the narrator's reluctance to visit. A charming poem to be read each Christmas. I put it on my coffee table from Thanksgiving to New Years then I put it away and enjoy it all over again next year. This little poem tells a powerful story - and all of it spells "love." It's a treasure.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Magic of the Season
    Tom Hegg's beautiful poem reminds us that people are the true magic of the season and that the best "gifts" can come from the most unexpeced places. This is a lovely book. I bought 7 copies so I could give them as gifts. The story and the lesson are timeless. What a treasure Mr. Hegg has given all of us. ... Read more


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