I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas! I'll be spending time with my family for the next couple of days and hope that you do the same.
About the book: "We don't need no charity," insists Big Sam Edwards. It's bad enough to have lost his job a few weeks before Christmas; the thought of "do-gooders" meddling in his business is more than he can bear. "I'll be watching if anybody comes around trying to leave anything at the door!" he warns.
But the mystery of a pile of gifts left anonymously, without any tracks in the snow, works a change in Sam's heart. The spirit of Christmas fills his home with joy.
Over the years, Sam becomes one of the most generous men in town. Yet his fondest wish goes unrealized: "I wish I could do something good and do it in secret so nobody would ever know."
And then one Christmas, he gets his chance—his secret act is even more gratifying than he ever could have imagined.
My review: I loved the presentation of this familiar Christmas story. Such beautiful pictures complement the story of Sam Edwards, how he found a Christmas miracle for his family from a secret source, and how he wished to be able to do the same for someone else. The ending brought tears to my eyes. This is a beautiful book that you will want to read every Christmas as part of your celebration!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Purchase link: Amazon
About the author and illustrator: GEORGE D. DURRANT was born and raised in American Fork, Utah. He graduated from Brigham Young University and became a full-time educator. He is a master storyteller and loves telling stories to his eight children, thirty-four grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. He and his wife, Susan Easton Black Durrant, live in the Rocky Mountains.
DAN BURR, an award-winning illustrator, earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Utah State University and a master’s degree in illustration from Syracuse University. He and his wife, Patti, are the parents of two children and live in Tetonia, Idaho. Dan has illustrated many children’s books, including The Miracle of the Wooden Shoes, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, The Mansion, and The Christmas Train.
Labels: Christmas picture book, Dan Burr, George Durrant, Shadow Mountain Publishing